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07-15-2006, 08:38 PM
From reginapats.com

Hunt anxious to start summer job

July 15, 2006

Greg Harder, Leader-Post

Curtis Hunt is looking forward to a summer camping excursion.

The head coach of the Regina Pats is preparing for his first official duties as an assistant with the national under-20 team, which holds its 44-player summer development camp from July 23 to 28 in Calgary.

The camp is the first step in the selection process for the Canadian entry in this year's world junior championship in Sweden. The team's final tryouts are conducted in mid-December.

Hunt and fellow assistant Clement Jodoin (Lewiston, QMJHL) will serve on the staff of head coach Craig Hartsburg (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL). Jodoin and Hartsburg were assistants under Brent Sutter with last year's gold-medal winning squad in Vancouver.

"The gravity of it still hasn't really struck me yet," said Hunt, who's entering his third season as the Pats' bench boss. "I'm excited to get back on the ice and learn from those two guys as well as start the journey. Like anything and any business you have a job to do and you prepare yourself accordingly. It's a week away, but I'm already gathering my notes in terms of what I'm responsible for. I just want to review them all to make sure I'm sharp when we hit the ice."

Hunt plans to draw upon his international experience from last year, when he won a gold and a silver medal as an assistant with Canada's under-18 program.

"The neat thing about this is, I know about 75 per cent of those kids through the two tournaments I've done," he added. "I understand who brings what in a game situation. We do have the cream of the crop. With a lot of returning guys, we want to make sure those returning players understand and recognize there is no guarantee you've got a spot on this team."

Meanwhile, Brett Leffler and Nick Ross of the Pats are slated to be among 44 players who open Canada's under-18 camp on July 28 in Calgary. The under-18 Junior World Cup is set for Aug. 8-12 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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