Dwayne Norris and John Slaney won world junior hockey gold medals in 1990 and '91 in Helsinki, Finland and Saskatoon, Sask. Joey Garland hopes to be the third Newfoundlander to do so, this weekend in Malmo, Sweden.
Garland, from Carbonear, is Canada's athletic therapist at the world juniors. The 33-year-old Carbonear Collegiate graduate has filled that role for the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires for the past nine years, winning the Memorial Cup Canadian junior hockey title in 2010.
"Ever since (the Memorial Cup)," he told The Compass in Conception Bay North, "I've been waiting on a call for the world juniors.
"Typically, there has been an application process in the past. This year, they didn't even have the application.
"The (summer evaluation) camp was in early August and by early July I hadn't heard anything, so I didn't think I was in the running for it. When I found out I had the job, I was ecstatic."
It's not Garland's first taste of international experience. He was part of the 2013 and 2013 Canadian under-18 men's teams that played in Sochi, Russia and the Czech Republic.