TORONTO - The dream of playing in the 2011 world junior hockey championship is over for nine Canadian players.
Head coach Dave Cameron and his staff announced their first cuts early Tuesday morning.
Forwards Brad Ross (Portland Winterhawks, Western Hockey League), Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver Giants, WHL), Joey Hishon (Owen Sound Attack, Ontario Hockey League), Garrett Wilson (Owen Sound), Linden Vey (Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL), Ryan Howse (Chilliwack Bruins, WHL) and Reilly Smith (Miami University) were released.
Brayden McNabb (Kootenay Ice, WHL) and Jesse Blacker (Owen Sound) were the two defencemen cut.
“I thought I came here and did everything I could,” said Gallagher, who was drafted by the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens 147th overall in last summer's entry draft.
“So I've got to come back next year and do whatever I can. Obviously right now it just kind of sucks.”
The remaining players will suit up for a game against the Canadian Interuniversity Sport all-stars on Tuesday night. The final 22-man roster will be unveiled on Wednesday, which means nine more players must be cut.
“It's definitely not a very good feeling,” said Hishon. “I mean this is definitely not where I want to be right now and I think it's probably the first time I've ever been cut from a team, but it's something that.
“It's pretty tough to argue with Hockey Canada's decision with their track record and I'll be there biggest fan over Christmas.”
Here's what some of the other players had to say:
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