The hope of Canadian Jan Mysak, this yardstick

Jay McKee’s team had just won in North Bay. She was leading 3-0 in the series. The coach was about to board the bus when Mysak approached him.

It was raining outside, the wind had picked up near Lake Nipissing: not exactly the kind of evening to stroll quietly in the fresh air and think about your next sonnet.

Can I run back to the hotel, Mysak asked his boss. The young Czech, dissatisfied with the facilities for training in the Battalion arena, needed to untie his legs.

McKee gave him his blessing, and Mysak rode off into the night on a few kilometerssays the coach today.

I decided to run to feel good for the next match. I have to take care of my body after all the matches, all the practices, simply explained Mysak, Thursday, when he was told the anecdote. He barely smiled as the memory surfaced.

The Czech captain at the world juniors led his team to a surprise victory against the Americans on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. Mysak scored the first goal for his team, his sixth point in five games, and gave a speech to his teammates, it seems, very inspiring.

Much is made of his leadership in Edmonton, of his ability to lead by example.

The Czechs face Canada in the semifinals on Friday and will likely need another spark from Mysak to continue an already stunning run.

When we wanted to know more about the choice of the second round of the CH in 2020, McKee, yet somewhere on the edge of his swimming pool in Ontario, did not hesitate to answer the call from Radio-Canada Sports.

So, what kind of boy are we dealing with here, Mr. McKee (the former Sabers defenseman is 1.91m tall, we decided to play the polite card)?

It’s every coach’s dream.were his first words.

He is dedicated. He does everything well. All teams need a player like him because he is a yardstick. It establishes the right culture in the organizationlaunched the pilot of the Bulldogs.

But still?

McKee then brought up jogging in the rain. He recounts the time when, still in the playoffs, unhappy with his game, Mysak punished himself by attaching weights to his ankles and going back and forth on the steps of the arena.

Often in the juniors, after games, players are eager to leave the arena to go to dinner with their girlfriend. Mysak is doing yoga by himself in his corner during this time. »

A quote from Jay McKee, coach of Jan Mysak in the OHL

He also recalled an email sent by the 20-year-old forward to the Bulldogs owner [Michael Andlaeur, également actionnaire du Canadien de Montréal, NDLR], the general manager and the coach. Two, in fact.

The first when the Ontario Junior League closed in 2020-21 due to the pandemic.

He said he was sorry and added that he was looking forward to coming back the following year to win a championshipMcKee said.

Then, at the end of his junior internship a month and a half ago, he wrote to all these beautiful people to thank them for the last seasons.

Seven or eight years I’ve been in the OHL, never seen thisdropped McKee.

He has a positive influence wherever he goes. He’s giving himself a great shot at playing in the NHL one day because of the way he behaves. He has been captain of his national team for two years. That says a lot about what his compatriots think of him. We’re talking about people here who watched him grow up and spent a lot more time with him than I did last year.estimated the veteran of more than 800 games in the National League.

He leads by example. He’s not hiding anywhere, and that’s what you expect from your captain: to see him block shots, rush to the net. If you want to win, you need these players at their peak, and I think he will be on Friday.added the coach of the Czech Republic, Radim Rulik.

Mysak appeared very humble in a press briefing. He talks about the importance of create a positive atmosphere and, above all, a winning attitude.

He certainly has a talent for scoring goals, but only finished 5th in scoring with Hamilton last year, a club that was built to win everything. McKee used it a lot to counter the best opposing lines and thus remove Mason McTavish from the clutches of the toughest.

Beyond his explosiveness and his obvious offensive assets in the juniors, but which we do not know if they will be able to transpose to the professionals, Mysak is slowly developing into a jack of all trades, according to his coaches. As an inspiring player, as a model for his teammates.

This is already a great accomplishment for a young man of barely 20 years old.

It’s up to Kidney to play

Another hope of the Habs may have an opportunity to assert itself Friday afternoon. The door has opened for Riley Kidney, the organization’s 2021 second-round pick, in the likely absence of Ridly Greig, injured in the game against the Swiss, and player the most consistent since the start of the tournamentaccording to Canadian coach Dave Cameron.

Cameron couldn’t (or wanted to) confirm anything, but everything indicates that he will have to do without the services of Greig, who was unable to skate on Thursday.

Riley Kidney has reached 100 points this season in the Courteau circuit.

Photo: Montreal Canadiens

Kidney hasn’t played since the very first game against the Latvians and a measly four minutes of ice time. The Enfield, Nova Scotia-based game maker doesn’t expect to be too rusty regardless. Kidney had a similar experience following the Laval Rocket in the playoffs, without ever playing, and said he could draw inspiration from that experience in order to be ready for the semi-finals.

All this fuss therefore forced the coach to reorganize his lines somewhat. Captain Mason McTavish thus inserted himself in the center of Quebecers Joshua Roy and William Dufour.

The coach told us that we were still going to face the best line on the other side, confirmed Roy. With McTavish, I think we will also be able to produce a lot of attack.

The three of them have 25 points so far in the tournament, 14 of which belong to McTavish. So it is indeed possible.

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