When their hotel room phone rang in the early hours of the morning, both roommates knew who was calling and what it meant long before the handset left the cradle.
Linden Vey, a 19-year-old defenceman with the Medicine Hat Tigers, was closest to the phone so he was the first to reach it.
“Hello?” His voice was raspy after a night of tossing and turning.
On the opposite side of the room, his defensive partner was Windsor Spitfires captain Ryan Ellis, who had already represented Canada at two world junior championships. The call was the harbinger of cuts from Team Canada’s selection camp and even though Ellis is considered a lock to make the team, he too awoke, stared nervously at Vey and thought: “Don’t be me. Don’t be me. Don’t be me.”
The conversation, if you can even call it that, was brief.
“OK, I’ll see you in a bit,” said Vey before putting down the phone.
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