Cochrane's Dillon Dube has moved from the one camp to another this summer and next looks forward to the Young Stars Classic and the Calgary Flames main camp as the regular hockey season draws closer.
Dube has just completed the junior team development camp, July 30 to Aug. 5, where 23 Canadian forwards and 42 players in all were vying for a spot on the national team in the world junior championship that starts on Boxing Day. That will, in part, determine who will be selected to wear the Maple Leaf and next is a selection camp in early December before the final team is named a week prior to the start of the world championship.
Having played on last year's silver medallist junior team, Dube was familiar with the team staff, the eight other players returning to the camp and with just how difficult it is to make the team.
"I feel comfortable and I can just focus on my myself on the ice," he said during the camp. "The nerves are kind of out and it's definitely still a competitive atmosphere. I'm still nervous and it's still one of the hardest teams that I'll be trying out for in my life. It's definitely still a challenge."
After three days of practice in Toronto, the team prospects headed to Plymouth, Michigan for a mini-tournament. It took overtime for the Canadians to overcome Finland and a four-goal spree in the third period to beat Sweden before losing 7-5 against the US. Dube came away from the tournament with one goal and one penalty.
Buffalo, NY is hosting to 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 5, 2018.and Canada is grouped with US, Finland, Denmark and Slovakia in the preliminary round.
Dube will be once again participating in the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, B.C. that features up and coming players from the Flames, Oilers, Canucks and Jets. He's also pumped to be going to the Flames main camp in Calgary afterwards.
"It's awesome to be part of it," says Dube. "I'm looking forward to main camp because it's the best time to be around Calgary and be at home and to be around the guys and see how they operate."
It also gives him time to come home to Cochrane and spend time with family and friends and enjoy some home-cooked meals.
"Cochrane is home, so I get there as often as I can."
In March, Dube signed a three-year entry level contract with the Flames. In successive years with the WHL's Kelowna Rockets his offensive power has continued to increase.
Dube Continues to Impress at Development Camp