Frank Corrado cut from Canadian junior squad

This tweet from Sunaya Suparji of Yahoo! Canada was sent out just as Bob McKenzie was on a live-taping of Sportscentre discussing how Canucks prospect Frank Corrado was practically a sure bet to make the Canadian IIHF U-20 world championship team.

Unfortunately, it was not to be. McKenzie was just as shocked as everybody, but Corrado responded with class, and you’d expect from a media-trained Canadian hockey player:

He scored twice at the junior camp, once in the intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night, and again Wednesday afternoon in the game against the University of Alberta. That said, Corrado plays a position that Canada happened to be quite deep at, even after injuries to Ryan Murray and Xavier Ouellet.

He had this to say to media (transcribed from TSN):

It was a tough decision, and they said it was one of the toughest ones they had to make, so you can always take that, but obviously I’m not on the team but I thought it was a good camp nonetheless.

I feel like I played well, I played my game, I stuck to my game plan, and there’s not much else I can say. I worked as hard as I can and not the result they wanted.

I’m guessing a lot of kids were told that they were one of the toughest cuts to make. Time for Frankie to accept his fate as a Canuck prospect:

Frank Corrado was drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 Entry Draft. Never a big name, he has improved dramatically at the OHL level, with 24 points in 33 games so far this season and being a rock solid player in his own end, who has drawn rave reviews from OHL scouts and coaches throughout the season. Vancouver hasn’t had a Canuck prospect on the team since Cody Hodgson in 2009.