Shane Wright looking to stick as youngest player at World Junior camp

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Jim Matheson  •  Edmonton Journal

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Nov 18, 2020  •  November 18, 2020  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs playing for Team Canada Black at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge 2019 in Medicine Hat on November 2 2019. Photo by Matthew Murnaghan /Hockey Canada

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You know that famous dryer that Sidney Crosby used for shooting practice growing up, that one that took a beating at his family’s house in Nova Scotia?

Well, fast forward to Shane Wright, who pounded thousands of pucks at a net in front of his parent’s garage door in Ontario, leaving dents all over when his aim was high and wide or low and outside.

“Yeah, that’s a funny story,” said the youngest player at Canada’s U-20 selection camp, laughing sheepishly Wednesday in a zoom call from Red Deer, reliving the misses.

Lots of broken paint. And some holes as pucks found their way inside the garage in Burlington. He admitted it was embarrassing for his parents to have that door in the neighbourhood.

“I shot pucks in the driveway like a lot of kids and we had a net up against the bare garage and whenever I’d miss, I’d put a pretty big hole in the door,” said the 16-year-old Wright, who is in tough at centre with Kirby Dach, Quinton Byfield and Dylan Cozins as 1-2-3 in the middle but he stands a good chance of being the…

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