Brayden Schenn wants to avoid pain of being cut this time around


The first cut was the deepest for Brayden Schenn.


REGINA — The first cut was the deepest for Brayden Schenn.

The 18-year-old Saskatoon product didn’t crack the roster of Canada’s entry in the 2009 world junior hockey championship in Ottawa — and he doesn’t want to experience that again this year.

“It’s a terrible feeling,” Schenn said Sunday at the Brandt Centre, where the selection camp for Canada’s 2010 team is taking place. “Me and (fellow forward Nazem) Kadri were in the same room (and) we both got the call.

“It’s not really a feeling you want to go through. But it happens to guys. There’s 35 good players here and only 22 can make the team.”

Not surprisingly, Schenn is using last year’s disappointment as fuel this time around.

“That was the first time I think I’ve ever been cut from a team and you’ve got to use that as a little motivation,” he said. “It’s not like I can get any more determined than I am. I’m pretty desperate to make this team and we’ll see what happens.”

Schenn is one of six players at the ’10 selection camp who didn’t make the ’09 team.

Kadri (London Knights), defencemen Travis Hamonic (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Tyler Cuma (Ottawa 67’s), forward Taylor Hall (Windsor Spitfires) and goalie Jake Allen (Montreal Rockets) also are back after being released last year.

Cuma was cut from the ’09 team after suffering a knee injury during tryouts.

Spokane Chiefs defenceman Jared Cowen wasn’t even invited to the ’09 selection camp, so he too is charged up about the opportunity to make this team.

“At (the 2010 team’s) summer camp, I didn’t get to participate, either,” said Cowen, who was recovering from a knee injury at the time. “It was just nice to watch guys play and see some players instead of having to compete against them for the first time.

“It wasn’t so bad, but now it’s nice to get into the action and be a part of the team.”

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