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Drew Dougthy On The World Junior Championship

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

"It was probably one of the first times I was really under a ton of pressure going out there for every shift," Doughty said. "The entire nation of Canada is watching that game and they put so much pressure on players, it's difficult. I played pretty well there and dealt with it pretty well and I think it made me grow as a player."...

"It's always been like that. Ever since I was a kid," he said. "That's what you do: on Boxing Day you wake up and you watch Team Canada. It's definitely a tradition. Everybody gets into it and everybody's rooting for their country."...

Doughty said Canadians' fanaticism might put too much pressure on their players. "I know how young kids are. They want to see what people are saying about them so they're going to go look at what Bob McKenzie is saying on TSN about them and on and on and on," he said. "For them I think the best thing to do is just stay away from that stuff. It's difficult to do but at least it's not in Canada. That's a bonus. They can kind of get away from it. They won't have it on TV 24/7."

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