REPORT: Top NHL prospect ACCUSED Team Canada of DISCRIMINATING against Quebec players

Published December 17, 2022 at 6:44 PM
There is no question that when you think of professional hockey, you think of Canada.

Canada wins a large percentage of all the best on best tournaments, so when it comes to making the cut for a team Canada team, there is a lot of competition.

A team that goes into every tournament with a lot of pressure and high expectations, they always choose the best of the best for every tournament, but every year there is atleast one or two players you scratch your head about how they didn't make the team.

Like for one example how Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn't make the team in his draft year, despite being a 100+ point player in the WHL and being good enough to go first overall in the NHL.

Over 30 players were invited to the World Juniors camp this year for Team Canada and some of the final players cut were St. Louis Blues' prospect, Zachary Bolduc along with Montreal Canadiens' prospect Owen Beck, Columbus Blue Jacket's prospect Jordan Dumais and Florida Panther's prospect Evan Nause.

While we want to believe they take the best players available, which they usually do, there is definitely some politics that go into making some of the decisions.

Sometimes though like mentioned earlier, there are some head scratching moments and Bolduc who was one of the final cuts made some interesting accusations about Team Canada after he returned to his junior team.

He believes players from Quebec do not get the same chances at players from other provinces.

Bolduc, 19, failed to make Team Canada's World Junior Team this year.

He has 17 goals and 46 points through 25 games played with the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL this season.

He was drafted 17th overall by the #Blues in 2021.
-Puck Empire

Personally I think this is just a case of him being a little upset about not being selected. I think Canada has too much pressure to not be just taking the best players available to make the best team possible.

If you recall the famous line from Herb Brooks: ''Im not looking for the best players, I am looking for the right ones''

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REPORT: Top NHL prospect ACCUSED Team Canada of DISCRIMINATING against Quebec players

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