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TORONTO -- Jay Triano has set a gruelling summer schedule that will see Canadas mens basketball team play six games in six nights -- in three different countries. It wont be easy. But then again, thats the point. "We want it to be challenging. Youve got to go through these tough times in order to build your team," said Triano, Canadas head coach. The Canadian men failed to qualify for this summers basketball World Cup, and Triano said it was obvious at the qualifying tournament that what his young squad needed was international experience. So Canada Basketball set up this summers European tour that will see the team play 11 games between July 24 and Aug. 12. Among their opponents: five of the worlds top-15 ranked teams. "Were playing Slovenia in Slovenia, Croatia in Croatia, Spain in Spain. . . were going to be in some crazy basketball environments. And its what we need, we need to get these players playing the international game and understanding it a little bit more, when the conditions arent perfect," Triano said. "That was the goal. "We could have a training camp and bring guys in. But these guys train all year round with their respective NBA teams, we wanted to make sure we got more experience playing the games." Among their opponents, the 25th-ranked Canadians will play No. 2 Spain, seventh-ranked Turkey, Serbia (11), Slovenia (13) and Angola (15). Eight of the 11 teams will be using the games as part of their preparation for the World Cup. "The other three -- Italy, Bosnia and Georgia -- are kind like us, theyre playing games to get better and not have an off summer," said Triano, whos also an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Canadian players will gather in Toronto for a three-day camp, July 20-22 at the Air Canada Centre. With several of Canadas top young players such as Andrew Wiggins and Tyler Ennis gearing up for the June 26 NBA draft, Triano isnt sure who hell have this summer. Wiggins, Ennis, Nik Stauskas, along with several other Canadians hoping to hear their name called in the draft, are currently travelling around the NBA, working out for teams. Theyll head from the draft to play in the NBA summer league. "Its going to be a lot of NBA players on our team. But there are probably four or five guys who are in the draft that we have to wait until they get drafted and then confer with their team and then decide in conjunction with their team and their agents and them whats best for them," Triano said. "Obviously we would love them all to play this summer but we also have to build a relationship with them moving forward and its going to be a busy summer for the guys who are in the draft." Hed like to take a page out USA Basketballs book and have players commit to more than one year. "We cant just all of a sudden, first time they play for our national team, is next summer at the Pan American Games, and then weve got to try to qualify for the Olympics," Triano said. "Were trying to build a basketball program, but we still have to be respectful to the fact that these guys are trying to get their careers on track and trying to do the right thing with the NBA." Triano said hell field his strongest team at next summers Pan Am Games in Toronto. Its perfect preparation for the FIBA Americas qualifying tournament for the Rio Olympics. Plus, its in Toronto, "so thats exciting," he said. With the likes of young stars like Wiggins, coupled with talented NBA players such as Tristan Thompson, Canadian mens basketball could be on the cusp of enjoying unparalleled success. "I would say the only negative is that were just so young. Even our NBA players are very very young players," Triano said -- Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) is only 23, while Andrew Nicholson (Orlando Magic) is 24. "This summer is a great summer for them, they can play lots of games, and we play in crazy environments like the international game sometimes presents," Triano said. "And well see what we get from that experience and then next summer weve got the Pan Ams here in Toronto and then the Olympic qualifying tournament later in the summer." Canada went 3-4 to finish sixth at last summers FIBA Americas qualifying tournament for the World Cup. One of their victories came against eventual winner Mexico. Triano pointed out his young team was up against the likes of Luis Scola (Argentina/Indiana Pacers), who at 34 years old is well-versed in the international game, and 32-year-old Jack Martinez of the Dominican Republic. "Its just the savvy play," he said. 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Allen Robinson Jersey . -- The Denver Broncos retired John Elways No.PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins spent the off-season revamping the front office, replacing the coaching staff and tinkering with a roster that went five straight springs falling to lower-seeded opponents in the playoffs.Yet some things remained constant. Well, one thing mostly: Sidney Crosby.The two-time MVP scored twice and added an assist as the Penguins beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 on Thursday night to make Mike Johnston a winner in his NHL head coaching debut.We have a lot of new faces, Crosby said. Youre always excited to play the first one but especially with so many new faces I think we used that energy to our advantage.Pascal Dupuis added a goal and three assists in his return from knee surgery. Patrick Hornqvist, Blake Comeau and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh while Olli Maatta chipped in three assists in his first game of any kind after sitting out the preseason to recuperate from shoulder surgery. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.Corey Perry had the sixth hat trick of his career for the Ducks, who collapsed after erasing an early three-goal deficit. Ryan Kesler added a goal in his debut with Anaheim. John Gibson struggled while making his first start in his hometown, stopping 33 of 39 shots.We want to play better, Anaheim defenceman Ben Lovejoy said. There were far too many things that went wrong. We need to figure this out because that was embarrassing.The 21-year-old Gibson earned the starting job following a stellar playoff in which he took over for Jonas Hiller. Coach Bruce Boudreau wanted to give Gibson the nod in the opener so the Pittsburgh native could play in front of friends and family. He also had to play in front of the Penguins, who pounced early and never trailed.Weve got to do a better job helping out our goaltender, Anaheim centre Ryan Getzlaf said. We kind of hung him out tonight and tried to play a run-and-gun game against a team that scores goals that well.That part wont change under Johnston, hired to replace Dan Bylsma in June and tasked with making sure Crosby and Evgeni Malkins primes dont go to waste.The early returns were promising.Hornqvist, acquired from Nashville in a draft-day trade that sent talented but turbulent forward James Neal to the Predators, needed all of 5:16 to make an impression. Playing alongside Crosby helped. Crosby won a faceoff at the right dot and slipped a pass to Horrnqvist at the top of the circle.dddddddddddd. The wrist shot deflected off Gibsons arm and into the net and the Penguins seemed to exhale.We hadnt had that line together in preseason, only once, Johnston said. Youre always hoping that those combinations would work as you expect. I thought Patrick Hornqvist added a lot to that line tonight.Crosby doubled the lead just over two minutes later, streaking down the left side and firing a shot that Gibson couldnt get a handle on. The goal was the seventh in the 10 home openers during Crosbys now decade-long career.Dupuis, nine months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, tapped in a perfect setup from Maatta to make it 3-0 before the season was 15 minutes old.The Ducks, however, quickly erased all the good vibes.Anaheim underwent significant tweaks over the summer, when the best regular season in franchise history ended with another early post-season flameout. The Ducks acquired Kesler, a two-way forward and added centre Nate Thompson, defenceman Clayton Stoner and veteran scorer Dany Heatley while Teemu Selanne retired and Hiller walked in free agency.The moves were made with making the Ducks more suited to the rough-and-tumble post-season. There are six long months to get there. The initial steps were wobbly, but Anaheims offence remains explosive.The Ducks rallied to tie the game at three, with the Penguins doing their best to help Anaheim get back in it. Kesler scored his first for Anaheim with an easy power-play goal 14:22 into the first. Perry then pumped in two, including arguably the easiest goal hell score all year when Fleury ventured far from the net and Patrick Maroon stole the goaltenders pass and sent it to Perry in front of an empty net.Facing the first significant test in what will be a season full of them as they search for a new identity, the Penguins responded behind their captain.Crosby finished off a 3-on-2 break by snapping a show low over Gibsons blocker with 2:26 left in the second to put Pittsburgh back in front for good.NOTES: Johnston is the eighth coach in Pittsburgh history to begin his tenure with a victory. ... Anaheim went 3 for 6 on the power play. The Penguins were 1 for 4 with the man advantage. ... The Penguins plays in Toronto on Saturday night. ... The Ducks continue a season-opening four-game road trip Saturday in Detroit. 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