When Team Canada was handing out the ‘C’ and the two A’s Friday, coach Andre Tourigny let the greatest player on the planet pass along the news.
Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid told the 19-year-old Hawks forward he would be wearing the ‘C’ in the world junior tournament while centre Dylan Cozens and defenceman Bowen Byram would be alternates. The kids with the A’s were on last year’s gold-medal winner while Dach wasn’t released by Chicago.
When Hockey Canada named its 25-player team last week, they had the kids’ moms and dads on FaceTime saying congratulations, with the odd exception, like Dach heard it from his Hawks teammate and landlord Brent Seabrook. This time, they glitzed it up with McDavid, who played on the 2014 and 2015 Canadian teams.
“To have Connor do it … he’s somebody everybody looks up to,” said an appreciative Dach. “I was able to play against him a couple of times and in the playoffs against Edmonton. Yes, it was pretty special to have him do this for myself, Dylan and Bowen.”