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Hockey Canada encourages players to stay off social media for world juniors

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TORONTO - Hockey Canada is encouraging a different kind of curfew at the world junior hockey championship.

Edmonton Oilers rookie sensation Connor McDavid and Canada's director of player personnel have both suggested that Canadian players stay off social media for the duration of the international tournament in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

"Turn your phones off, turn Twitter off, turn Instagram, whatever you've got, turn it off," McDavid told reporters on Monday morning before Edmonton's 3-0 loss in Toronto. "Just try to make the world you live in as small as possible."

Ryan Jankowski, Canada's director of player personnel was pleased McDavid spoke out because he also believes that social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can be unwanted distractions at the high-pressure event.

"It was great to have Connor say that because it reinforces our message," said Jankowski on Tuesday morning after Hockey Canada announced its 30-man selection camp roster. "We want to be in a little bit of a bubble there, especially being in Europe with the time difference.

"Everybody's supportive back home but sometimes they don't understand that that support can be a disruption."

On Monday, McDavid went on to say that he learned from his first world junior hockey championship and shut out all media in his second tournament with Canada.

"The first year, I was reading everything the media had to say and what everyone was saying and it's not very good most of the time in the world juniors," said McDavid, who had a goal and three assists as a 16-year-old in 2014 but then scored three times with eight assists in 2015. "So my second go-around I just made sure I wasn't on anything and wasn't reading anything and I definitely felt a lot better about it."

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