Wolves take on the world
It’s every hockey player’s dream to suit up for his country in an international tournament, and win or lose, the experience gleaned from the competition is irrefutable.
For Conor Cummins, the Sudbury Wolves’ first-round 2012 draft pick, playing for Team Ontario at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Quebec was an opportunity to push the rookie jitters aside and go toe-to-toe with his peers.
“Playing with guys my age was definitely good for me, just to compare myself up with them, and just get some confidence and bring it back to the OHL,” the blueliner said. “I think that will help my play.”
Team Ontario, coming off a bronze-medal finish in 2012, a gold in 2011 and a silver in 2010, fell to sixth place overall in this year’s tournament, with a record of 2-2-1. The team has won gold eight times since the tournament’s inception in 1986, and hadn’t missed out on a medal since 2006.
Dominik Kahun, the Wolves’ first-round pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, suited up with Team Germany at the 2013 IIHF Junior World Championship. The first-year forward recorded three points in six games, including an assist in Germany’s important 5-2 victory over Team Latvia in the relegation round. The win insures the Germans will be able to compete for a World Championship again next year. Kahun finished third in team scoring.
Returning to the Wolves lineup, he said the only change to his game he planned on making was to get more aggressive.
“For sure I want to play more physically and more shots on net because I saw at the World Juniors I need more shots on net. You can’t just handle the puck good. If you want to score, you have to shoot.”