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SASKATOON - Canadian defenceman Calvin de Haan says the head injury that cost him two games at the world junior hockey championship may have been the result of a cheap shot from Swiss forward Mauro Jorg.

De Haan was nailed away from the puck early in the second period of Canada's 6-0 win over Switzerland in round robin play last week. He sat out games against Slovakia and the United States but has received clearance to play in the semifinals.

When asked if the hit was a cheap shot, de Haan said: "From what I remember, yeah. I was the last guy off the ice and I don't know if he was going to the bench or not, but he kind of blindsided me. But it's part of the sport and it's over now."

De Haan resumed skating a few days ago and says he feels fine.

"I bag-skated a bit (Friday) to get all the food I've been eating out of my body and (Saturday) I did a full practice and felt really good out there," the Oshawa Generals rearguard said. "The doctors treated it as a concussion but I don't think it was one."

Winger Jordan Caron was also back after he as felled by a gastrointestinal virus.


CARON, CORMIER TRADED? - It appears that Team Canada forwards Patrice Cormier and Jordan Caron will be traded by the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies once the world junior championship ends on Tuesday.

"There's a good chance it will happen," said Caron, who played in a Memorial Cup on the home team with the Oceanic in May. "It's OK.

"I would have loved to finish my career in Rimouski, but this will be good for Rimouski and for myself because they'll get some young players and I'll get another chance to go to the Memorial Cup."


HALL NOT UP FOR SHOOTOUTS - When Canada got into a shootout with the United States in their final round robin game on Thursday, highly touted draft prospect Taylor Hall was not among the three shooters picked by coach Willie Desjardins.

Instead, Jordan Eberle, Nazem Kadri and Brandon Kozun took shots and all three scored in the 5-4 win.

Hall said he's not sure he'd be ranked in the top five on the team in penalty shots.

"I'm something like 4-for-16 my OHL career," he said. "I'm awful at shootouts.

"I don't know. I do way too many moves. I deke myself out, I think. At one point in the season I was 0-for-4 and I just tried to treat it like a breakaway and go in fast. I've slowed it down a bit. Right now I think we have three pretty good shooters if we need to go there. I'm not worried about it."

At the end of practice on Saturday, Hall scored on all three of his attempts, the only Canadian player to do so.


BOURQUE CARRIED TORCH - Winger Gabriel Bourque got to carry the Olympic flame before he joined the Canadian team for the world junior hockey championship.

Bourque said he took the torch before about 2,000 people at the home arena of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"When I first heard I would carry the torch I started laughing, but it was such a huge experience, I'll remember it all my life," he said.

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