The first cut at Team Canada’s camp is: Frank Corrado#WJC2013
— Sunaya Sapurji (@sunayas) December 13, 2012
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:
@tsnbobmckenzie thanks Bob, appreciate the kind words, have a good one , wish all the best for Team Canada
— Frank Corrado (@frankcorrado22) December 13, 2012
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:
— Taj (@taj1944) December 13, 2012
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.