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Forward Girard becomes final cut for Team Canada

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TSN.ca Staff
12/22/2013 6:39:30 PM
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Team Canada head coach Brent Sutter announced late on Sunday that forward Felix Girard is the final cut for the World Junior Squad.

Canada is now down to its 22-player limit, although but players won't be registered until Christmas Day. Changes could still be made as a result of a suspension or injury.

Girard has four goals and 16 assists in 28 games for Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL this season.

The 19-year-old reacted to the news as best as he could.

"Well it's tough, you know, it's just a couple of days before the tournament starts, but it's a decision they had to make," said Girard.

The forward was asked by TSN's Mark Masters if he could have done anything different along the way.

"I'm happy about how I did, but I wasn't in the plans and it's okay. They have a great team. I respect their decision," Girard said.

On Friday, Canada cut forward Hunter Shinkaruk and defenceman Damon Severson.

Sutter took 25 players overseas for the pre-tournament games with plans to cut three of them before Thursday's tournament opener.

There are no cuts in goal, as Zachary Fucale and returning netminder Jake Paterson have already earned spots on the team. Sutter did not invite a third goalie to camp.

Canada lost 3-0 to Sweden earlier Sunday in a pre-tournament game. Canada plays Switzerland on Monday before opening the tournament on Thursday against Germany.

Felix Girard (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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