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Stankoven talks wearing letter for Canada at world juniors

“It’s just about showing up to the rink every day with a smile on my face, enjoying it and leading by example.”
Logan Stankoven Team Canada Austria
Logan Stankoven of the Kamloops Blazers is part of Canada's leadership at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Logan Stankoven of the Kamloops Blazers was on Sunday named to Team Canada’s leadership group for the World Junior Hockey Championship, which will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Halifax and Moncton.

Stankoven, a 19-year-old forward from Kamloops, is one of four players who will share alternate captain duties at the tournament, with two of them wearing As in each game.

“Anybody wants to be part of the leadership group and wear a letter, but at the of the day, it doesn’t really matter if I’m wearing a letter or not,” Stankoven told KTW when asked last week about the prospect of wearing a letter. “It’s just about showing up to the rink every day with a smile on my face, enjoying it and leading by example.”

Stankoven has 17 goals and a team-leading 44 points in 21 games with his WHL club this season.

Shane Wright will captain Canada, with Stankoven, Ethan Del Mastro, Nathan Gaucher and Dylan Guenther handling alternate-captain duties.

Stankoven, the Blazers’ captain, won gold with Canada at the 2022 world juniors in August in Edmonton, setting up the game-winning marker in overtime in the title tilt in a 3-2 victory over Finland.

“Now I know what it takes to win gold,” said Stankoven, the Dallas Stars’ prospect and reigning CHL player of the year. “Hopefully, I can kind of lead the way, help guys out, and hopefully bring back a gold medal again.”

Canada and Switzerland will square off in pre-tournament action on Monday, Dec. 19. The Canadians begin tournament play on Dec. 26, with a game against Czechia.

Stankoven begins the pre-tournament schedule toiling at centre on a line that includes Dylan Guenther of the Arizona Coyotes on his right and Adam Fantilli of the University of Michigan to his left.

“Being at centre, I need to do my job, get those guys the puck and spend some time in the offensive zone because I think that’s where we can be most prominent,” Stankoven said. “Both those players are super skilled.”

What does he want folks across the country to know about him at the conclusion at the tournament?

“Just my compete level and my ability to play in any situation,” Stankoven said. “If it’s killing a penalty, scoring a goal or making a play, just being a versatile player that can, hopefully, lead by example and bring home a gold medal.”

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