CALGARY - Canadian Hockey announced today that Team Canada general manager and head coach, Glen Sather, has added Andy Murray as an assistant coach to the staff for the Canadian entry in the World Cup of Hockey tournament, scheduled from August 26 to September 14.
"I am looking forward to working with Andy," said Sather. "The qualities and expertise that he brings to the mix will complement those of the other coaches."
Bob Nicholson, Canadian Hockey senior vice-president, hockey operations, was equally pleases of Murray's involvement with Team Canada. "It's an excellent opportunity for Andy, looking towards the 1998 Winter Olympics, and it's also serves an important bridge with Canada's national team program.
Murray, who was named head coach of Canada's full-time national team program this past June, has vast experience on the international stage, having coached Canada to five Spengler Cup titles. During the 1995-96 season, Murray also acted as a scout to the national team and was an assistant on the silver-medal winning team at the 1996 World Championship in Vienna.
The Brandon, Man., native coached seven years in Switzerland with Kloten Zurcher and Zug of the Division A league. He also coached for both Lugano in Switzerland and Eisbaren Berlin in Germany.
In the North American professional hockey circuit, Murray joined the Hershey Bears (AHL) coaching staff as an assistant coach in 1987-88, winning the Calder Cup that year. He then spent the next two seasons, 1988--90, as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Minnesota North Stars. He last worked in the NHL as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets during the 1993--95 seasons.
Sather earlier announced that his other assistant coaches were Marc Crawford of the 1996 Stanley Cup champions and Ed Johnston of the Pittsburgh Penguins.