Friday, 10 December 2010

We Hardly Got to Know You

Brayden Schenn is on the road again.

The Brandon Wheat Kings' centre leaves Friday for Toronto, where the Canadian Junior Team's Selection Camp gets underway this weekend.

This year's WJC is expected to be the fourth time Schenn will don the red-and-white at an International Tourament, something he says never gets old.

"Anytime you get to represent Canada, represent your country, it's always a great honour," says Schenn, who also played at the Under-17 and Under-18 tournaments, "I'm just going to go into camp, work hard, compete for a spot and try to earn my way back onto the team."

Schenn will be the only returning forward from last year's team that won silver in Saskatoon and he says he's going to take a slightly different approach heading into camp this year.

"I guess they (Hockey Canada) want the returning players coming in, showing good leadership...there's always guys that fill the roles of guys that left last year," said Schenn after the Wheat Kings' practice on Thursday, "It's always a good experience playing at the World Juniors, there's a lot of hype around the tournament, the fans are great and it's always a great tournament."

This year's World Junior Championship begins Boxing Day in Buffalo, New York.

The start of the tourney is still 16 days away but it's never too early to start thinking about revenge on the American team that beat Canada in last year's gold medal final.

"They took one on our home soil last year, so I guess it's Canada's turn to try and get a little payback on them," says Schenn, "There's a lot of work ahead of Hockey Canada before anything happens. We just have to take it little steps at a time and see what happens there."

The 19-year old has one goal and four points in two games with the Wheat Kings since being returned by the Los Angeles Kings.

He'll miss at least eight Brandon games while with the Canadian Junior team, with the first game back possibly being January 7th when the Wheat Kings host the Calgary Hitmen.

Schenn plans on visiting older brother Luke of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday and Saturday before officially joining the Canadian Team on Saturday evening.

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