CALGARY, AB -- Bob Clarke, general manager of Team Canada for the World Hockey Championship and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, has named veteran National Hockey League assistant coach Wayne Cashman to a similar post with Team Canada, Canadian Hockey announced Wednesday.
Cashman, an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks, will work with head coach Andy Murray and assistant Mike Johnston at the World Hockey Championship tournament in Helsinki and Turku, Finland from April 26 to May 14. Cashman played 18 NHL seasons, all with the Boston Bruins where he was a member of two Stanley Cup champions. In 1972, Cashman and Clarke were teammates on Team Canada in 1972 for the epochal eight-game series won by Canada on Paul Henderson's famous goal with 34 seconds remaining in the final game. He was team captain of the Bruins from 1977-83.
In 1996-97, Cashman, 50, has worked under head coach Al Sims, also a former Boston Bruin, in San Jose. Cashman had spent the previous four seasons working as an assistant with the Tampa Bay
Lightning. He was heavily involved with the club's on-ice preparation and worked with Tampa's defencemen. Cashman had served as an assistant coach for five seasons with the New York Rangers (1987-92), helping the club to two Patrick Division regular-season titles in 1988--92.
'Wayne Cashman was a tough, tough competitor as a player and he brings that knowledge of what it takes to win at the highest level to Team Canada as an assistant coach,' said Clarke. 'More important, he is able to communicate that fierce competitive drive to the players.
'He is a very important addition to our coaching staff for the World Championship.'
Team Canada will hold a pre-camp, including a pair of exhibition games against Team USA, in Winnipeg from April 17-20 as they prepare for the World Championship. Over the last three years, Canada has won gold (1994), silver (1996) and bronze (1995) medals at the World Hockey Championship.
Clarke and assistant general managers Bob Gainey, GM of the Dallas Stars, and Pierre Gauthier, the Ottawa Senators GM, will select a 23-player roster from among the teams that either fail to qualify for the NHL playoffs, or are eliminated in the first round. Clarke, Gainey and Gauthier will use the World Championship, in part, to evaluate players who might be chosen to compete for Canada at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano.
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