Mathew Dumba ready to represent

Red Deer Rebels blueliner Mathew Dumba remembers all too well the disappointment of coming up short in his quest for a berth on the Canadian national junior team one year ago.

Red Deer Rebels blueliner Mathew Dumba remembers all too well the disappointment of coming up short in his quest for a berth on the Canadian national junior team one year ago.

But that was then, this is now, and the dynamic defenceman is a year older and fully aware of what it will take to make the grade during the selection camp next week at Calgary.

“I took a lot out of last year’s experience,” Dumba said on Monday, a few hours after being one of 37 players — including 12 defencemen — invited by Hockey Canada to the national team selection camp running Tuesday to Thursday at Canada Olympic Park.

“I was a younger guy and went in there last year kind of carefree and without a lot of pressure. I want to take that into this year’s camp as well. I really played my best game just because I wasn’t thinking too much. It was good for me to just simplify my game that way.”

As a 17-year-old, Dumba was in tough at the 2011 camp. The Minnesota Wild’s first-round pick — seventh overall — in June’s NHL entry draft will have a much better shot this year.

The Calgary native, who last year was captain of the Canadian team at the world under-18 championship, watched the more experienced players closely during the 2011 junior national selection camp in an effort to gain any possible advantage.

“I learned a lot from the older guys like Jaden Schwartz, about how they carried themselves and how they prepared for games. That was really beneficial for me,” said Dumba.

The third-year Rebels rearguard will have to be at the top of his game next week if he hopes to suit up with Canada in the world junior championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia. The Canadian team will feature two returning defencemen in Doug Hamilton and Scott Harrington and the likes of Moose Jaw’s Morgan Rielly and Ryan Murphy of Kitchener (OHL) could have an inside track on two more berths.

Not to worry. Dumba is going in with his eyes wide open.

“It’s Team Canada, it’s not going to be a walk in the park at all,” he said. “The competition will be tough and it will drive me. The battle and the compete level is going to bring out the best in everyone.

“It’s a very exciting time. It’s always a honour to be involved in anything Team Canada and this time I’d like to make it a special one.”

Before heading to Calgary, Dumba will accompany the Rebels on a three-game trip starting on Wednesday at Regina and including stops in Moose Jaw and Brandon on Friday and Saturday. Dumba will miss next Wednesday’s home-ice meeting with the Calgary Hitmen and as many as 11 WHL games if he earns a spot with Team Canada.

Rebels

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Hub on Ross has announced it has permanently closed. (Photo courtesy The Hub on Ross Facebook page)
The Hub on Ross in Red Deer to permanently close

The Hub on Ross in Red Deer permanently closed on Wednesday. “The… Continue reading

There were 410 COVID-19 cases recorded in Alberta Wednesday. (File photo)
Alberta records 410 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Central zone dropped to 160 active cases

Shaun Isaac, owner of Woodchucker Firewood in Trochu, is awaiting a new shipment during a firewood shortage in the province. All of the wood he has left is being saved for long-time customers who need it to heat their homes. (Contributed photo).
Firewood shortage in central Alberta caused by rising demand, gaps in supply

‘I’ve said “No” to more people than ever’: firewood seller

The Red Deer Senior Citizens Downtown House reopened earlier this month, after closing in March due to the pandemic. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Red Deer Senior Citizens Downtown House reopens

The Red Deer Senior Citizens Downtown House was closed for months due… Continue reading

Guy Pelletier, vice-president of the Red Deer region for Melcor Developments. (Contributed photo).
Melcor has to redesign new neighbourhood after Molly Banister decision

City council disagreed with administration’s recommendation to scrap road plans

Alice Kolisnyk, deputy director of the Red Deer Food Bank, says the agency expects an increase in demand as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Every new subscription to the Red Deer Advocate includes a $50 donation to the food bank. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Support the food bank with a subscription to the Red Deer Advocate

The community’s most vulnerable members are always in need of a hand,… Continue reading

Sergio Santos, right, of the Philadelphia Union, loses the race to the ball against goalie Quentin Westberg of Toronto FC during the first half of an MLS match Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Chester, Pa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP
Frustrated coach Greg Vanney defends banged-up Toronto FC after second straight loss

Frustrated coach Greg Vanney defends banged-up Toronto FC after second straight loss

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Robert and third baseman Justin Turner pose for a group picture after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Sporting venues and games certainly have super-spreader potential but that risk can be minimized with buy-in from all involved, experts said Wednesday. The subject moved into the spotlight Wednesday after L.A. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 at the World Series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eric Gay
Sports’ buy-in needed to prevent super-spreader potential: experts

Sports’ buy-in needed to prevent super-spreader potential: experts

In this image released by Fox, from left, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba, Rawle D. Lewis, John Candy and Leon are shown in a scene from the film "Cool Runnings." THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, Fox
Not cool: Jamaican bobsledder wants thief to return stolen shell to Calgary bar

An original member of the Jamaican bobsled team featured in the 1993… Continue reading

Speedskater Ivanie Blondin trains at the Olympic Oval in Calgary on October 17, 2016. Canada's long-track speedskating team is chasing ice to Fort St. John, B.C. The country's top speedskaters have been without ice in Calgary's Olympic Oval since early September because of a mechanical failure there. World champions Ivanie Blondin, Graeme Fish and Ted-Jan Bloemen are among 50 people including coaches and support staff travelling to northern B.C. for a 15-day training camp starting Nov. 1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canadian long-track speedskating team finds temporary home in B.C.

Canadian long-track speedskating team finds temporary home in B.C.

The "Great One," Wayne Gretzky, left, holds up a banner bearing his number with some help from his friend Joey Moss during a jersey retirement ceremony at Skyreach Centre in Edmonton on Firday, October 1, 1999. Former Oilers captain Kelly Buchberger remembers how a familiar friend would come "barrelling" into the visitors' dressing room when he returned to Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Wayne Gretzky reflects on the life, legacy of Joey Moss: ‘He gave parents hope’

Wayne Gretzky reflects on the life, legacy of Joey Moss: ‘He gave parents hope’

Players' sticks are shown during a World Championships Group A hockey game between Russia and Denmark, in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, May 12, 2016. A $30-million settlement of three class actions over the failure to pay junior hockey players the minimum wage has been thrown into jeopardy after three judges refused to sign off on the agreement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ivan Sekretarev
Junior hockey employment lawsuit on thin ice; judges refuse to OK $30-million deal

Junior hockey employment lawsuit on thin ice; judges refuse to OK $30-million deal

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney answers questions at a news conference in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Labour union leaders are urging Albertans to sign up to protest Premier Jason Kenney’s government through rallies and demonstrations and, if necessary, provincewide general strikes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Alberta union leaders launch protest website against Kenney government

Alberta union leaders launch protest website against Kenney government

Most Read