Canada team during the national anthem
Head coach Glenn Hoag: The first match is always difficult in this level of competition. Our players were nervous but we’d like to dedicate this win to three of our injured players who weren’t able to make the trip to Japan.
Captain Murray Grapentine: We started very well as a team and we will do our best in the next game as well.
Paul Duerden: It was a difficult match against them but the team showed a lot of courage today and we would like to keep our level high in the upcoming games.
Head coach Vladimir Kondra: (On what was the expectations of the Kazakh team in the competition) Every soldier wants to become a general but we have a young team at the moment. All of our players did their best, but they are young and don’t have much experience at this level. They’ll continue to try their best in the next game, too.
Captain Svyatoslav Miklashevich: I am not happy about losing and everyone knows that feeling. All I can do is try my best in the next game.