Goaltender Zach Fucale, selected by the Canadiens in the second round of this year’s NHL entry draft, was at the team’s practice facility in Brossard Monday as Team Canada’s world junior team prepared for a series of exhibition games later in the week in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The summer camp is the first step toward selecting the team that will represent Canada at the world junior tournament slated for Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.
In Lake Placid, the site of Team USA’s Miracle on Ice gold medal at the 1980 Olympics, Canada will play Finland on Wednesday, Sweden on Thursday and the U.S. on Saturday.
“It’s fun to be part of the big stage like this,” Fucale told The Canadian Press. “The difference between the under-18 team and the junior team is huge.
“You feel it right away. The (intra-squad) game today was really intense. I can’t wait to go to Lake Placid and play against other countries.”
Fucale led the Halifax Mooseheads to the Memorial Cup championship last season.
(Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)