McGill reflects on World Juniors

Disappointment of fourth-place finish still fresh for Kootenay Ice bench boss.

Ryan McGill talks with Team Canada defenceman Mathew Dumba during a game at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Ryan McGill talks with Team Canada defenceman Mathew Dumba during a game at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Even though the IIHF World Junior Championship has come and gone, the disappointment of a fourth place finish is still fresh for Ryan McGill, who served as an assistant coach to Team Canada.

The Kootenay Ice bench boss has rejoined his club team, but he hasn’t stopped thinking about what could have been at the world’s premier international U20 tournament, hosted by Sweden over the Christmas break.

“Really what it boils down to is the disappointment of being a flat hockey team against the Finns in the semifinal game and we’re still analyzing why that is and I don’t know the answers will come out yet,” said McGill.

“I think that’s going to take some time, some reflection and obviously reflection by coaches, reflection by Hockey Canada management and officials, and hopefully we can come up with some answers on how to not let that happen.”

The Canadians lost their third straight semifinal game at the tournament in a 5-1 loss to Team Finland, which went on to capture the gold medal. Team Canada then drew the Russians for the bronze-medal match, losing 2-1 to finish fourth for the second straight year.

Canada finished on top of their group standings after round robin play, with only one 5-4 shootout loss to the Czech Republic after the tournament began on Boxing Day.

Heading into the elimination games, Canada downed the Swiss 4-1 before going up against the eventual champions in Team Finland, which scored three times in the second period on their way to a 5-1 win.

“I thought we did get better every day in a lot of areas, and one area that we’re obviously disappointed in, is that we fell short, but we didn’t fall short because of lack of execution—we fell short for whatever reason that we were flat, and we gave up a couple untimely goals,” said McGill.

“In a tournament like that, it’s so important that you have that narrow focus shift to shift, and I know it sounds like a cliche, but it really isn’t, because you don’t have time to recover like a seven-game series, so you have to be really sharp in your narrow focus.”

After a five-year run of winning gold, Team Canada has two silvers, a bronze, and a pair of fourth place finishes. For the last four years, a different country has won the tournament, a sign of the parity between all the teams—especially the European squads.

“They’ve caught up,” noted McGill. “Canada was put on a pedestal for many years—rightfully so—and a lot of these European teams are now modelling themselves after the Canadian way.

“I think, now, that there’s so much parity in the world with teams, that Canada doesn’t have the upper hand on all these countries anymore. We’re all on a level playing field.”

Team Canada has 11 players eligible for next year’s roster, however, Kootenay Ice captain Sam Reinhart and Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad are top-rated prospects that could be playing in the NHL, which would make their return questionable.

Canada is home to the tournament next year as Montreal and Toronto will share hosting duties.

 

Just Posted

Vendors and customers at one of the Cranbrook markets in 2020. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Cranbrook Farmers Market updates operating hours for the summer

Markets will continue to run from 10a.m. to 1p.m. until October 30th

City council passed first reading of a text amendment to a downtown zoning bylaw that would permit the land use for a craft brewery. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.
Downtown zoning amendment allowing craft brewery passes first reading

An application is moving forward that will tweak a downtown zoning bylaw… Continue reading

City council deferred moving forward on a proposed development in Wildstone, requesting a meeting with the developer to get clarification on project details. Photo submitted.
Cranbrook city council debates proposed Wildstone development

Cranbrook city council held off on moving forward with a proposed apartment… Continue reading

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

Cranbrook Arts will finally open the doors to their brand new gallery space on Friday, June 18th, 2021 at 4pm. To see what is behind these doors, be sure to check out the exhibit, Kootenay's Best, running until Labour Day weekend. (Cranbrook Arts file)
Cranbrook Arts’ inaugural exhibit, Kootenay’s Best, opens this Friday

The exhibit features over 50 Kootenay-based artists and will run until Labour Day Weekend

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
VIDEO: Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

St. Joseph's Mission site is located about six kilometres from Williams Lake First Nation. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake First Nation to search residential school site for unmarked graves

St. Joseph’s Mission Indian Residential School operated from 1886 to 1981

Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Tuesday’s Lotto Max draw went unclaimed. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lotto Max jackpot goes unclaimed again

42 of the 64 Maxmillion prizes of $1 million were won, the majority were sold in Ontario

FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Contaminants in generic drugs may cause long-term harm to DNA: B.C. researcher

Scientist says findings suggest high volume overseas facilities require strict regulation

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., on April 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Labour shortages, closed borders major obstacles to B.C. restaurant, tourism restarts

Industry expert says it won’t start to recover until international travellers can visit

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Grace (left), a caribou that was born in a maternal pen north of Revelstoke, is alive and well said the province. It appears she even has a calf. Maternity pens aim to increase caribou calf survival by protecting them from predation until they are older and less vulnerable. (Contributed)
For the first time in years, caribou numbers increasing near Revelstoke

North herd growing but south herd still concerning

Most Read