It’s official: Jake Paterson will be the starting goalie when Canada faces Germany in the first game of the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to many, as Pateron’s strong play against Sweden and seemingly easy contest against Switzerland gave him the nod over Zach Fucale. It’s tough to say Fucale played terrible in a 3-2 win to Finland, but Paterson’s performance against the Tre Kronor likely sealed the deal.

“It’s really exciting,” Paterson told reporters after practice on Wednesday. “(Goalie coach) Fred Braithwaite came up and told me I was going in and then Brent came up after practice and said I was playing. It was really exciting to hear the news.”

Fucale, a puckstopper for the Halifax Mooseheads, will serve as back-up, but should get to play later in the tournament. Usually, Canada’s weak round robin game schedule means the team gets to skip the quarter-finals via a bye to the semi’s, however the IIHF removed that luxury. The potential of playing seven games instead of six could result in both goalies getting an equal amount of playing time.

Paterson was the third goalie for Team Canada last year in Ufa, Russia, but never got to see the ice.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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