They battled each other for one spot in Team Canada’s crease for the 2012 World Junior Championship.
Tyler Bunz and Scott Wedgewood were also roommates together throughout Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, which made Wednesday morning all the more nerve-wracking.
Waiting word on which, if either, would be representing Canada at the World Juniors, both Bunz and Wedgewood didn’t get much sleep.
“Me and Bunz both woke up around the same time and we started talking,” Wedgewood said. “The phone call came and we were both a little nervous to answer the call.”
The pair looked at each other. Bunz finally answered.
“Tyler picked it up and unfortunately it was bad news for him but good news for me,” Wedgewood said. “He’s a great guy. He wished me good luck. He’s an outstanding guy, great teammate. I can’t say enough about him.”
Bunz knew the call was for him.
“I got over it (Tuesday) night,” Bunz admitted. “I kind of expected the call. I wish everyone the best. I’m still Canadian, still a Canadian fan and I hope they bring home gold this year.”
“You spend 19 years of your life for this moment and it comes down to 90 minutes of hockey. It’s frustrating that I wasn’t able to play my best and secure a spot.”
While many had Bunz penciled in to play behind Mark Visentin, it was a strong camp from Wedgewood that earned him the right to push last year’s starter.
“I was pleased with the way I played,” Wedgewood said. “I think I was in my comfort zone. Coaches and Ron Tugnutt noticed that. It’s nerve racking in such a short camp and it’s hard to stand out in 90 minutes of action but I think I did that.”
Achieving his goal of making the team, Wedgewood now has his attention turned to another.
“Definitely want to put that gold medal where it belongs.”
Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations and can be found on Twitter. For all the latest Future Considerations news and posts, follow FC’s Official Twitter Feed, on YouTube and on Facebook!