Friday, July 25, 2008

Reppin' Nova Scotia

Sometimes when you have a team of lovers in a distant town you need to hire a boy to keep an eye on your team of lovers because you cannot. This boy is called the captain. Most of the time it is nice to assign a tall strapping defenceman to get the job done - and to keep all of your long distance boyfriends in line. When your long distance lovers are the Saint John Sea Dogs, then Alex Grant is the boy you have assigned to guard them.

Alex is the only Nova Scotian invited to attend the team Canada under 20 training camp which begins in Ottawa this Saturday. Matthew Wuest (Q-files) interviewed him about getting a chance to try out for team Canada.

When Alex Grant was 13, one of his biggest thrills was watching Jeff Woywitka lead Canada to victory over the U.S. at the 2003 world junior championship at the Metro Centre.

...This weekend, Grant will take a big step toward living that experience in Woywitka’s skates, as he participates in Canada’s under-20 tryout camp in Ottawa starting tomorrow.

The camp is the first step toward suiting up in red and white at the 2009 world junior at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

...“That’s what it’s like in any city in Canada … The difference in Ottawa is, they’ll have 9,000 more fans, so it will be that much crazier.”

Not that Grant is getting ahead of himself. The Antigonish native and Saint John Sea Dogs blue-liner knows he has a big job ahead if he wants to wear the Maple Leaf over the holidays.

...“It’s gonna be tough, and it’s going to require a lot of hard work,” Grant said. “You’re not going to make the team just from this camp. You’ve got to make a good first impression, then you’ve got to have a good first half of the season.”

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