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National goalie Hughes breaks his silence

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He only had luggage for one day

Nati goalie Hughes breaks his silence after Canada debut

It was a drama in three acts. But after his surprising assignment with Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, goalkeeper Connor Hughes (26) says: “My focus is on the Swiss national team. I want to make it into the World Cup team.”


Connor Hughes in the Davos catacombs shortly before his first appearance with Team Canada at the Spengler Cup.


Nicole VandenbrouckIce hockey reporter

Finally he can talk. After the 2-1 defeat in the Spengler Cup hit against HC Davos, Connor Hughes is standing in front of the cloakroom entrance. radiant. Because the goalkeeper has just made his debut for Team Canada. “I just enjoyed it,” he says. But before it got to that point, a drama in three acts unfolded.

After the championship game against Servette on December 23, Shane Doan, Team Canada’s general manager, called Friborg and asked if Hughes could fill in as practice goalie. The reason: Michael DiPietro’s (23) equipment was lost on the flight to Switzerland. “I thought I was only going to be there for one training session and only had luggage for one day,” says Hughes with a smile. On Sunday, the dual citizen was also present at the Canadian Family Day.

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