Canadian coach, Steve Spott, has announced his choice of 23 selected players to represent the country at upcoming World Junior hockey Championship, but there are doubts if the players will be available to attend the tournament which begins on Dec. 26 in Ufa, Russia. Even though there are seemingly little or no chances of a patch up between NHL and NHPLA to annul the NHL lockout, at the same time one can never say when either of the owners or players may budge to negotiate agreeable terms.
Spott confessed after announcing his team that “I am confident, but at the same time I understand some of the decisions that are going to be made as we go forward are really out of our control.” He alleged that “If I’m going to lose sleep, it’s going to be over a decision I’ve made personally. We can’t control it. It’s unfortunate to a degree, but I’d like to think that when we get on the plane on Saturday that we’ll finish with the same group we started with.”
The deadline to submit tournament rosters is on Dec. 25, after which no forward or defenceman can be altered. Although Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, of the Edmonton Oilers, is one of the few NHL player currently on the team, but there would perhaps had been much more players in the league, in case it had started the season on time. Spott admitted, saying “is it a great situation? No. There are some players it could affect.” He that “but one thing we determined real early was if we had the players we do today, that we were going to take them and we held true to that.”
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