The Edmonton Sun’s Derek Van Diest posted a profile of Red Wings prospect and Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Sebastian Cossa, who is fairly likely to start the World Junior Championship as Team Canada’s #1 goalie:
Sebastian Cossa is not one to shy away from the pressure of being Canada’s starting goaltender at the world junior hockey championship. In fact, you could say he was built for it.
At six-foot-seven, Cossa, 19, is an imposing figure in net and is battling with incumbent Dylan Garand, of the Kamloops Blazers, and Brett Brochu, of the London Knights, for playing time at the tournament, which begins Boxing Day in Edmonton and Red Deer.
“I’m pretty loose, I like the pressure,” Cossa said earlier this week. “When it’s a 1-0, or 2-1 game and there is two minutes left, there is nowhere else that I would want to be than on the ice. I think just the confidence I have in myself and being a goalie is perfect for me.”
Canada opens the tournament against the Czech Republic on Dec. 26 at Rogers Place, where Cossa plies his trade for the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Cossa credits his physical tools as two of his biggest attributes when it comes to stopping the puck.
“I have a lot of confidence and I think with just my size and athletic ability, I’m able to put it all together and I can stop quite a bit of pucks,” he said. “I cover a lot more net and I just have to stop the puck. There are obviously bigger holes being a bigger guy, but there are a lot of guys I can look up to in the NHL, some bigger guys. There are a lot of pros and cons, but I’m trying to make the best of it.”