Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Passed over last year, center Max Domi and defenseman Darnell Nurse will have another shot at making Canada’s national team for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Domi and Nurse were among those 41 players selected to join a summer development camp in preparation for the event, which will be played starting Dec. 26 at Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Canada has not won a medal at the WJC since winning bronze in 2012, which was the last time it hosted the tournament.
The removal of Domi and Nurse from Canada’s roster at last year’s WJC became a controversial topic among Canadians.
A first-round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013, Domi was on his way to a 34-goal, 93-point season with the Knights last season when he was passed over by Canada.
When a team fails to deliver — and anything less than a gold medal at the WJC is classified as “failed to deliver” in Canada — the decision to leave off the team talented players like Domi and defenseman Darnell Nurse, taken seventh by the Edmonton Oilers in 2013, is always going to lead to a lot of second-guessing.
A seventh overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in 2013, Nurse, who had 50 points for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL last season, said it didn’t take him long to get over the rejection despite constant reminders from irate Oilers fans.
“It was tough at first, but I went out the next day and played with my team,” Nurse said. “It wasn’t something where I just sat in my room for weeks and moped about. I got over it pretty fast and just went out and played. That’s all you can do.”
Nurse said he used the omission as motivation, but it might have pushed him to be good enough to make the Oilers this season, precluding him from playing for Canada come December.
“You’re always going to be motivated through failure. I think it will not only push me to make this team, but also push me to make Edmonton,” he said. “That’s a big thing for me. I’m just going out every day and really giving it my all to get better.”