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Stone talks IIHF Worlds with TSN 1200

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens forward Mark Stone was a guest on TSN 1200's "In The Box" after winning gold with Team Canada and discussed all things IIHF World Hockey Championship and you can listen to the audio for the entire interview here.

On traveling back to Ottawa after the gold medal game:

I got in around noon yesterday. The game finished up around 11 o'clock Russia time, we celebrated for about 2-3 hours and I was on a bus at 3 in the morning to catch a 6 o'clock flight out of Moscow.

His thoughts seeing parts of Eastern Europe:

It was a long tournament. We started in Prague for 4 days for camp which was pretty cool to get there. It's a pretty fantastic city with a lot of things to see and it was nice to get to know everybody in that setting before we went to St. Petersburg. I think people give Russia a bad reputation but St. Petersburg was awesome. Lots of things to do and lots of things to see. The rink was right by the hotel so it was easy to get to and from and it was just a great experience overall. The crowds were different, there was a DJ at the games at all times so it was pretty different.

On the style of play created by the larger ice surface:

It's definitely a more puck possession game. I feel like the teams that won most of the games were the ones that had the puck the most. People say that the speed of the game is quicker but it's almost a little bit slower. Teams like to trap it up and then wait for their chances so for our team we just held onto the puck in the offensive zone and had the puck most of the game.

On needing to earn his ice-time as the tournament went on:

It was tough at the start. I played with Mark Scheifele the entire tournament and we had to work our way up. We started playing 8 minutes probably in the USA game with some power play time and we had Domi and Reinhart rotating as left wingers every shift so it was probably pretty difficult for those guys only playing 4-5 minutes a game but we slowly worked our way up. As you can see we got quite a bit more ice-time in the last bunch of games and we played really well together.

On potentially being named to the World Cup team:

It was in the back of my mind of course. I still want to be on that team but there are a lot of good players and I saw that first hand at this tournament. It was kind of cool to play with some other guys and see their routines and see how they prepare for games. Obviously Canada is the toughest team to make with so many players deep at each position. I think if you look at it we sent what we thought was a powerhouse team to the tournament and I think we only had two guys from the Sochi Olympic team. It's a deep country and it's always tough to make those teams but I'm definitely looking forward to the next couple of days to see if I'm on that team or if I'm going to have to keep working hard to try and get on other teams.

On the chemistry the team grew to have:

I didn't really know many of the guys. I played with a couple of them on the World Junior team but I think when you go to the tournament you almost wish that everybody that you hate to play against is a bad guy but it's not usually the case. Everyone in the hockey world are pretty good guys and very respectful so I didn't run in to anybody that rubbed me the wrong way. All 23 of the guys who were there became pretty close friends by the end of the tournament. Especially when you're there for 24-25 days.

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