Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coach Rumble Gets Canada Up to Speed Quickly for Under-18 World Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coach Rumble Gets Canada Up to Speed Quickly for Under-18 World Championship

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Canada's under 18s get up to speed quickly

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Head coach Darren Rumble has a plan to get Canada's players ready for the men's under-18 hockey championship -- make them laugh.

After Hockey Canada quickley assembled the team in just a week, Rumble said he will use an unorthodox triathlon of events to quickly break the ice, improve communication and build team chemistry.

The first event has players wear blindfolds and try to skate down the ice and score on a net as their teammates shout instructions at them. The second is a straight forward ping-pong tournament and the third, the talent portion, is an American Idol-style singing competition.

"Guys have a good time, lots of laughs, and I've always found that for me the best team builders you don't even realize you're team building," said Rumble last week. "You're just having fun, having some laughs.

"If you had fun with it and you're laughing and you're going to talk about it the next day at the water cooler, those are the times that I've found have been the best team builders."

It's a necessary exercise for a team that has to come together very quickly.

Rumble had his first practice in Toronto on April 3 with only 12 players, including six underage skaters and a goalie brought in on an emergency basis so the team could run drills properly. Canada's first game of the world under-18 championship is against Latvia on Thursday in Poprad, Slovakia, giving him just 10 days to get everyone on the same page.

Hockey Canada executives have to plan several contingencies for the under-18 world championship every year because the tournament overlaps with the second round of the playoffs for all three of Canada's major junior leagues. Although they know who they'd like to play for Canada, they don't know who will be available until their club team is eliminated. Any holes in the roster are filled by 17-year-old players. …

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