Noah King and Mark Howell have the singular objective this week of bringing residence a hockey gold medal enjoying for Team Canada on the World University Winter Games.
But as members of the of the University of Calgary’s males’s hockey staff, King as captain and Howell the top coach,
they’re going to nonetheless be preserving tabs of the Dinos gunning for historical past north of the border.
Team Canada closes out spherical robin play towards Latvia and the Czech Republic in Canton, N.Y., forward of this weekend’s medal spherical on the legendary Olympic Center in Lake Placid,
“We’re [in New York] and enjoying for a gold for Team Canada, however clearly on the times off and your break day, how the fellows [in Calgary] are doing is behind your head,” stated King, a 23-year-old defenceman from Winnipeg. “If I’ve time, I’m undoubtedly going to look at the Thursday and Friday video games.
“I believe it is behind everybody’s thoughts [on the Canadian team]. Everyone has their very own video games happening this week, so I believe it is in everybody’s heads.”
When the Dinos journey to Saskatchewan to tackle the University of Regina Cougars on Thursday, they’re going to be aiming for his or her sixteenth and seventeenth consecutive wins, which might tie the 1978-79 Alberta Golden Bears for many consecutive victories in Canada West (CW) males’s hockey historical past.
“Our gamers are conscious of [the streak], and I believe they take loads of satisfaction in it,” stated Howell, who has served as head coach of the Dinos since 2009. “As a coach I’m conscious of how vital it’s to win weekends, and to brush weekends. You take a look at our convention, Mount Royal is profitable video games, and the University of Alberta is profitable on a regular basis.”
The CW is as aggressive as could be this season, with the Dinos, the top-ranked staff in U Sports, not even in first place in their very own convention, sitting one level behind the Mount Royal Cougars.
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The 17-3-0 Dinos prolonged their club-record 15-game profitable streak with a 7-5 win over the MacEwan Griffins on Jan. 6.
“Going into winter break, I believe everybody was beat up and drained so it was good to get that break, however I believe after we had been on such a roll, it was identical to, ‘Oh, I want we simply stored enjoying as a result of we’re enjoying so effectively’,” stated King. “Coming again from the break, each recreation [could feel like added pressure] to maintain profitable, to maintain this factor going… however I do not assume we’re enjoying to maintain a profitable streak alive. We’re simply type of enjoying the fitting method and enjoying for one another. And it appears to be going effectively this yr.”
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Things are going significantly effectively for King, who received a WHL championship with Swift Current in 2018. He has but to lose a recreation this season as a result of he solely returned from damage in November after the Dinos had been three video games into their profitable streak.
In the 12 victories since, the 6-foot-4 rearguard has 10 factors and a plus-12 ranking. At the World University Games, he has one help and is plus-3 in three wins for Canada over Ukraine, Sweden and Japan.
“Obviously, [King is] a giant, heavy, regular defenceman who’s actually good defensively,” Howell stated. “But I believe over his two years with us he is rising his offensive recreation and his offensive skills.
“We’ve given him some room and suppleness to leap up into the offence and play on the ability play. So due to that, his confidence is rising, and he is changing into more and more succesful and assured of what he is doing on the offensive aspect of the puck.”
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King continues to construct chemistry together with his Team Canada defence accomplice Scott Walford of McGill University, a typical theme on the Canadian roster that Howell helped assemble as normal supervisor of the staff. The Red Deer, Alta., native had GM duties added to his affiliate teaching duties after serving to lead Canada to bronze on the twenty seventh Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain in 2015.
The 2023 all-star U Sports squad options 4 CW gamers, eight Ontario University Athletics (OUA) members, and 11 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) gamers that proceed to seek out their rhythm in spherical robin play, seeking to win the primary gold medal for Canada on the event since 2013 in Trentino, Italy.
Canada golden on the ice in Lake Placid
As King and Howell purpose for the highest of the rostrum, one other University of Calgary athlete has already struck gold in Lake Placid.
Speed skater Laura Anne Hall of Salmon Arm, B.C., took the highest spot within the girls’s 3,000m on Monday, setting a observe file of 4 minutes 25.70 seconds, 2.48 seconds forward of silver medallist Jiwoo Park of Korea.
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Sainte-Marie, Que., native Rose-Anne Grenier of Laval University claimed bronze with a time of 4:29.10.
The 19-year-old Hall is a member of the World Cup racing pool for the Canadian nationwide staff, certainly one of 4 lengthy observe athletes representing Canada on the video games to have nationwide staff expertise.
Elizabeth Anne Filiatrault , additionally of the University of Calgary, added a bronze within the girls’s ski cross last on Monday.
Laval’s David La Rue received bronze within the males’s 1,000m velocity skating last, and Shilo Rousseau of the University of Ottawa took gold within the girls’s 12.5km brief biathlon occasion over the weekend for Canada’s different medals on the video games.
Canada is presently tied for fourth on the medal desk with 5, as Japan sits in first with 17 medals.