Ringing in The New Year With Canada's Juniors
Andrea Lee
January 1, 2006

Here at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship, hockey is on everyone’s mind. And now that 2005 has drawn to a close, people are making promises to have a leaner, meaner New Year. HockeyCanada.ca’s Andrea Lee asked some Canadian players to take a time-out from thinking hockey to reflect on the year they’ve had and talk about what’s ahead for them in 2006. The responses were predictably varied as everyone had a fun time with the questions, and some revealed that their focus truly is strictly on hockey.

HockeyCanada.ca: What’s the best thing that happened to you in 2005?

Luc Bourdon: Going back for summer at the end of the season. Just going back home and having some time with my friends and my family.

Sasha Pokulok: This [tournament]. Oh, un-hockey related. Sorry, I don’t know. That’s a tough question.

Blake Comeau: I would say going to the Memorial Cup in May for the third straight time that was pretty cool. Oh, that’s hockey-related. Ummm…I’m trying to think. Everything is based on hockey in my life. Well, I went to the Merritt Mountain Music Festival [in BC], which is a big country music festival which was pretty fun.

Devan Dubnyk: Probably this. Oh, not hockey-related. I’m going to have to get back to you on that one. I don’t really do anything other than hockey. That is pretty sad.

Andrew Cogliano: Probably being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. Un-hockey related. I don’t know, I couldn’t tell you.

HockeyCanada.ca: Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

Bourdon: No, not really. I think I just want to keep everything the same way as they always are.

Pokulok: No. I’m not really big on that. I’m not into that kind of stuff. I just roll with it. I’ve never really been a fan of New Year’s resolutions because you never keep them anyway.

Comeau: No, I don’t really have any.

Dubnyk: Just to continue to work hard. It’s kind of the same thing as every year. I just make sure I’m enjoying everything I do, not just hockey. But I make sure everything I do, I do 100% and don’t go half on something because it won’t be worth it in the end.

Cogliano: Stop eating junk food. Stop eating McDonald’s.

HockeyCanada.ca: What do you look forward to in 2006? What are your hopes and dreams for the New Year?

Bourdon: I hope everyone around me, including my family and my friends, stays healthy and stays in good shape.

Pokulok: Health and happiness for my family.

Comeau: Being able to see my family this summer. I don’t see them a whole lot during the year. And the one break that we do get, we’re here [at the World Junior Championships]. So, just seeing my family in the summer time would be great.

Dubnyk: I want to get stronger off the ice. I want to work hard in the gym and put on some more muscle.

Cogliano: Going to Cancun during March and April for Spring break.

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