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Memorial Cup: Jan Mysak, a workaholic

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SAINT-JEAN, NB | Today is May 25th. The Hamilton Bulldogs are coming out of a 6-4 win over North Bay Battalion to take a 3-0 lead in the OHL semi-final. Despite everything, Jan Mysak is not satisfied.

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The Canadian’s hope believes he hasn’t played enough that night and wants more. Outside, the rain falls on Hamilton.

“He wanted to get home on the run,” recalls Bulldogs head coach Jay McKee. We left him because he wanted more. He felt he hadn’t played enough that night. He’s the kind of guy who always does what he can. “

This streak came as no surprise to both McKee and the rest of the Bulldogs staff.

“He was very good with us, especially at the beginning of the season. He came here and it was one of our best off the ice. It takes a lot of pride to prepare well every day. […] I saw him climbing stairs with ankle weights before games. She is a model and that is why she wears an A on the sweater. He is an incredible player to have in the locker room, especially for building the Hamilton Bulldogs culture. “

“I’ve always been like that, even in the Czech Republic,” adds the midfielder. For me it’s a way to feel good after the match and prepare for the next one. “

AWARD-WINNING EXPERIENCE

The Canadiens’ second round pick in the 2020 draft, Mysak got a taste of North American professional hockey earlier than expected last year when he played 22 games with Laval Rocket during the season. pandemic.

“It was a great experience. It allowed me to see that I had to keep working to be stronger, bigger and faster. The next level is another world. I took a lot of things about how to work well in the gym and on the track, eat well and have professional habits.

If he was able to add banking experience last year, the Canadian’s latest pitch was truly revealing for the center player.

“I realized that I had to work a lot on my defensive game because for me it was a big gap compared to the good players. It was difficult to defend against them. For example, when we played against Toronto, Mitch Marner was in training and when he was skating in the offensive zone, it was difficult for me to know who the player to cover was.

CONSTANCE TO FIND

For Jay McKee, one of the things his number 19 will need to improve if he is to make a career in the pros is his consistency.

In attack he can score for several games and then fade a bit. He is also a very proud guy and maybe too hard on himself. Sometimes he has to relax a little and play. Without saying that he is a perfectionist, let’s just say that he constantly expects the best of himself. That’s not a bad thing. He has the character of a champion “.

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