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Burns on Team North America

by Chris Wescott @TheChrisWescott /

As the tournament is set to begin, each team at the World Cup of Hockey is focused on themselves. But, of course, it's human nature to scope out the competition.

Team Canada are the favourites of the tournament, but there's another team that has gained a fair amount of attention and interest from fans, media and players alike. That's Team North America - a group composed of the best players under 24 from Canada and the U.S. It's a team that also has a distinct Oilers flavour to it, with Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan on the staff, and Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the roster.

Team North America is fast, they're skilled and they're hoping to make noise as "underdogs."

Team Canada defenceman Brent Burns is one of the players who is impressed with what the young kids bring to the Tournament.

"Like every other team here, they're going to be a great team and every team has a chance," said Burns. "It's no different for them. They have a lot of speed, a lot of skill, that youthful exuberance, they love the game and you can see it. They're a great team. You can't take anybody lightly here."

Canada and Team North America do not play each other in the Preliminary Round.

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