The Canadian team has major ambitions for the 2024 World Juniors

"I feel it's always better to have high expectations than lower. It just brings up the level of everyone."- Lamoureux said.

by Sead Dedovic
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The Canadian team has major ambitions for the 2024 World Juniors
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Canada sees the 2024 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship as a chance to continue their winning streak, aiming for a third consecutive gold. Defenseman Maverick Lamoureux stressed the significance of reclaiming the top spot. With management's high expectations, Lamoureux understands the pressure his team faces.

"The [management] told us about it. The expectations are really, really high. The main goal is to go for gold and nothing less and they told us about it multiple times, so I feel like expectations are really high and the objective is to win and that's it."- Maveric Lamoureux said, as quoted by NHL.com!

Canada always tries really hard in these games. They've got really good players, so everyone thinks they can win gold again. Lamoureux knows it's normal to expect a lot from such a good team.

"I feel it's always better to have high expectations than lower. It just brings up the level of everyone. It was such a competitive [selection] camp; everyone wants to help the team to go win it, so I feel like everyone is just playing even better because the expectations are higher."- he continued.

Coach Alan Letang: We wanted this camp to be super competitive

Coach Alan Letang is truly confident that his team has the quality for great things. On the other hand, he wants to be careful and not underestimate his opponents. They have analyzed well what awaits them in a few days, and are ready for the campaign to the end!

"We talked about kind of staying in the moment and so we don't want to get too, too far ahead of ourselves. But you know what? I think you know we put a good group together. We wanted this camp to be super competitive to push the guys because we know what we're going to come up against. We know the teams we're going to face over in Europe.

We know the intensity, we know how important those little moments are. And I think if we just stay focused and stay true to that identity, I think we'll be fine."

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