Chicago Blackhawks sniper Patrick Kane, who bet the Hunters in London, was amazed to discover this would be their very first time at the world juniors.

"They've been so involved [in] producing a lot of terrific gamers," he stated. "I'm sure they'll do a fantastic task."

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett was Dale Hunter's linemate in the NHL, and stated his eye for systems and structure was obvious even back then.

"He 'd take everything in," Tippett stated. "We would sit at the back of the bus or the back of an aircraft and talk about the game-- not just who lost or won, however how they won or lost."

Hunter has regard of players

Canadian centre Ty Dellandrea said Hunter's command of the bench is outstanding.

"He gets his gamers to play the method he desires to play," said the first-round choice of the Dallas Stars. "The players want to listen to and do what he states no matter what. He's got a terrific grasp of his gamers. He's firm.

"He likes the hard, heavy two-way video game. He takes a great deal of pride in his team's own end. That precedes. Then the offence follows."

This year's tournament in fact has some proportion for the Hunter household.

The earliest of the 3 bros, Dave, played at the first official world junior competition in Czechoslovakia back in 1977.

"I remember mother and father went over and left us [in Canada] for Christmas alone," Dale Hunter, a local of Petrolia, Ont., recalled with a grin. "It was pretty unique. It was rather an honour to review there, and for mama and papa to leave the farm."

Fast-forward 43 years later on and Dale Hunter is set to leave his own convenience zone.

And Canada couldn't be happier.

Canada tops Switzerland in world juniors exhibit:

Dawson Mercer, Liam Foudy and Bowen Byram scored as Canada blanked Switzerland 3-0 in their very first warm-up video game ahead of the upcoming World Junior Championship. 1:07

The Hunters will be looking to bring their professional approach from the OHL to Ostrava and Trinec with Canada set to open the tournament with a difficult test against the United States on Thursday.

"Hard and just quick, and focus on managing the puck," Canadian forward Dylan Cozens, a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres, stated of what Dale Hunter needs. "He's smart, smart. He knows what to state at the correct time."

Hunter, who coached part of one season in the NHL with the Washington Capitals in 2011-12, demands his forwards playing a 200-foot video game, with offensive ability up and down the lineup.

"We're a proficient team, but we're going to be a hard-working group," he stated. "We're going to have to play on top of the puck all the time."

Dale Hunter has likewise shown some of his lighter side to the team of Canadian teenagers, instructing Quinton Byfield to take a peak at the rafters the next time he's at his home rink with the OHL's Sudbury Wolves.

"He told me to search for [to discover Hunter's retired number]," the 17-year-old forward stated with a smile. "I'll need to examine."

" He wants it bad," said forward Connor McMichael, who plays for Hunter in London and likewise made the national team for the upcoming under-20 competition."It's a fantastic chance," said Hunter, whose only other international experience came at an under-18 competition in 2013."He's not an in-your-face kind of coach," Mark Hunter stated of Dale."It's here now, and that's the most crucial thing," Mark Hunter said."Hard and just fast, and focus on managing the puck," Canadian forward Dylan Cozens, a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres, said of what Dale Hunter needs.