Dylan Cozens reveals off his gold medal after returning house to Yukon. He's the very first gamer from the territory to compete at the world juniors. ( George Maratos/CBC)
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" The whole nation is enjoying, you're not playing simply for your club team, you're betting the entire nation," Cozens stated. "It was a remarkable experience."

Entering the competition, players needed to handle new roles and assignments that they are not used to in order to provide the group the very best chance of winning. Cozens slotted in as a centre on the power play, a function he doesn't generally handle with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes.

" It's a huge adjustment for sure," Cozens stated. "Everyone's utilized to being the star gamer on their group and there's people that do need to accept different roles.

" If you're playing five minutes a night or 20 minutes, you do not care. All you want to do is win."

round. Because game, Lafreniere also suffered a knee injury, which kept him out of the lineup till the quarter-finals." There was a lot difficulty we battled through," Cozens said." That 6-0 loss was good for us ... It taught us

how we required to play." Off the ice, the trip was all-business, Cozens stated, though the team did get some time to explore and hang out like routine teenagers do on

a journey to Europe. Now back in Whitehorse, Cozens is taking a couple of days off to decompress with his family before heading back to his club

group. His plans for his week off?" I'm going fishing. It's going to be cold," he said." But I've got to get in fishing while I'm here.

" Dylan Cozens reveals off his gold medal after returning home to Yukon." The entire nation is viewing, you're not playing simply for your club group, you're playing for the whole country," Cozens stated. Coming into the competition, gamers had to take on brand-new roles and assignments that they are not utilized to in order to give the group the best possibility of winning." It's a huge change for sure," Cozens stated." There was so much hardship we fought through," Cozens said. <a

In the past six months Yukon's Dylan Cozens has gone from a highly-touted hockey hire, to a first-round NHL draft choice, and now, he's a worldwide champ.

The 18-year-old acted as a leader on the Team Canada team that just recently won gold at the under-20 world junior hockey championship in the Czech Republic.

Cozens scored two times and had seven assists in the competition, with one of those goals coming during the 4-3 gold medal video game against Russia.

" It's been insane," he stated. "It's undoubtedly been a lot, quick turn-around, it's been a bit of a whirlwind."

Cozens is one of the most appealing stars in junior hockey, this tournament was his biggest stage yet, representing Team Canada versus the finest young players in the world.

Like at any global hockey tournament, the expectations were high for Canada. As always, the team was packed with future NHL talent, consisting of Alexis Lafreniere, commonly related to as the very best young player ahead of the 2020 NHL draft.