Medicine Hat, AB — Medicine Hat Tigers prospect Garin Bjorklund recently attended Hockey Canada’s Under 17 Development Camp.
The 16-year-old Calgary native was selected by the Tigers in the first round of the 2017 Bantam draft and will be reporting to Tigers Main Camp near the end of August.
Here is a look at what it meant to Bjorklund to be invited to attend his first Hockey Canada camp.
1. How did you feel being invited to the Hockey Canada U17 Men’s Camp?
Being invited to the U17 development camp was really exciting and it was a great experience to be a part of such a world-class organization.
2. Can you tell us about your experience at the Camp?
It was an unforgettable experience to be a part of the top 112 young men in the country and to meet new long lasting friends, it was an honour to wear the maple leaf for the first time and hopefully more to come.
3. Did it meet your expectations?
The week was ran very well and helped me learn a lot of new things on and off the ice. Going into camp I was pretty nervous but after day one Hockey Canada exceeded my expectations and made it an unbelievable experience.
4. Did you feel you had a strong showing?
Yeah, I thought I held my own and didn’t look out of place out of the best of the best young men across the country. I think I had a pretty strong showing with some pretty good feedback.
5. What’s your biggest takeaway from the Camp?
I think my biggest takeaway is to understand what the Canadian way is really about and to meet and play with new skilled players across Canada that I’ve never played with before and to realize how talented our country is.
6. When will you find out if you will compete in the U17 World Championship?
I believe in mid-October we will find out if we will travel to the tournament in early November.
7. What is the next step for you?
My next step is to focus on making the Medicine Hat Tigers for the 2018/19 season and play well so I can get that call mid-October to represent my country.
8. What is your favourite on-ice drill?
My favourite on-ice drill might have to be a shootout after practice. I think stopping new moves that players try and to see who will win it, in the end, can really get exciting.
9. What is your favourite off-ice workout?
Working on getting stronger is big for me with camp right around the corner and I think my favourite workout might have to be squats or bench press.
10. Who is your hero in the sports world and why?
My hero in the sports world has to be Sidney Crosby even though he’s a player I look up to him as a leader and how hard his work ethic is on and off the ice.