Gone are the dreaded early morning phone calls which would keep many players awake at night. Instead, Spott said he will make his final cuts on Thursday afternoon after a game against a team of Canadian university players.
In the past, Canada had made rounds of cuts, but Spott said he wants things to be different now that he's behind the bench.
"Number one, our games in Ufa (Russia) are going to be in the afternoon, so getting the players up and prepared for afternoon games without pre-game skates, that's first and foremost," said Spott, whose team will travel across 11 time zones (in stages) to reach the world junior, which begins Dec. 26. "Secondly, it's just doing things differently. I think when I got involved in the process I wanted to do things differently. I'm not a big fan of the Red-White games, but ultimately with the climate of the National Hockey League [lockout], we had no choice but to bring in extra bodies."Read More »from Team Canada cuts won’t get dreaded wake-up call, thanks to time zone adjustments