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Canada's National Men's Team 2003-04 Schedule and Coaching Staffs Announced
Former NHL Coaches Dave King, Pierre Pagé and Gary Green Headline List of Coaches
September 25, 2003

CALGARY, AB – Canada’s National Men’s team, a part-time team that participates in international events using Canadian-born players that are either playing hockey in Europe or on loan from their North American NHL or AHL team, will participate in six major events during the 2003-2004 season, Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday.

Hockey Canada’s Vice President of Hockey Operations Johnny Misley announced today the coaching staffs that will lead Team Canada behind the bench at 4 of the 6 events during the upcoming season. Former NHL, Canadian National and Olympic team coach, Dave King, will lead Canada behind the bench at the Deutschland Cup as head coach, along with former NHL coaches Clément Jodoin and Pierre Pagé acting as King’s assistants.

Gary Green is given the task to lead Canada at the Spengler Cup, where Canada captured the gold medal last year in one of Europe’s premier International events. He will be assisted by Kent Ruhnke and former NHL player, 2-time Stanley Cup winner, and current assistant coach of Canada’s National Women’s team, Doug Lidster. Green, a colour commentator for the second broadcast crew for the NHL on TSN, is also an analyst on NHL Network’s flagship show NHL On The Fly and on TSN’s international hockey broadcasts.

Canada's 2004 IIHF Men’s World Championship team will look to duplicate its gold medal win last year in Finland, and will again be made up of Canadian born NHL players whose teams are eliminated or did not qualify for the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, as well as using some Canadian born players that are playing hockey in Europe during the 03-04 season. The coaching staff for this year’s Men’s Worlds team will be comprised of NHL coaches, and will be named in April, 2004.

Canada's teams for the remaining events are made up of Canadians playing hockey in Europe, as well as players that are on loan from their NHL or AHL clubs.

The events and coaching staffs that will lead Canada’s National Men’s during the 2003-2004 season are:

The events and coaching staffs that will lead Canada’s National Men’s during the 2003-2004 season are:

1. Deutschland Cup – Hannover, Germany November 7-9, 2003

- Head Coach: Dave King

- Assistant Coach: Pierre Pagé

- Assistant Coach: Clément Jodoin

- Manager: Scott Salmond (Hockey Canada)

2. Slovakia Cup – Piestany, Slovakia December 18-21, 2003

- Head Coach: Mike McParland

- Assistant Coach: Sean Simpson

- Assistant Coach: Ken Babey

- Manager: Scott Salmond (Hockey Canada)

3. Spengler Cup – Davos, Switzerland December 26-31, 2003

- Head Coach: Gary Green

- Assistant Coach: Kent Ruhnke

- Assistant Coach: Doug Lidster

- Manager: Scott Salmond (Hockey Canada)

4. Swiss Cup – Basel, Switzerland February 6-8, 2004

- Head Coach: Jim Koleff

- Assistant Coach: Bob Leslie

- Assistant Coach: TBD

- Manager: Scott Salmond (Hockey Canada)

5. Nagano Cup – Nagano, Japan February 7-12, 2004

6. Men’s World Championship Czech Republic April 24-

The Nagano Cup players and coaching staff will be Manitoba’s Ile-des-Chenes North Stars, the 2003 Allan Cup winning team, and will be announced in early 2004.

Canada’s National Men’s team ‘pre-tournament’ schedule for the 2003-2004 season is as follows:

1. Canada vs Switzerland in Zurich

2. Canada vs Germany in Cologne

3. Canada vs Czech Republic in Pardubice

4. Canada vs Hungary in Budapest

5. Canada vs Czech Republic in Prague

For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada

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