CALGARY, AB -- Vancouver Canucks head coach Tom Renney, Ottawa Senators' assistant coach Perry Pearn and former National Junior Team head coach Marcel Comeau will all be participating in a High Performance Coaching seminar this week, Canadian Hockey announced Tuesday.
The conference runs concurrently with the third of three evaluation camps for Canada's National Team. Both Andy Murray, the National Team head coach, and Mike Johnston, general manager and associate coach of the National Team, will oversee the evaluation camp, as well as participate in the coaching seminar.
Renney is a former National and Olympic Team head coach, who led Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Games, while Pearn was head coach of the gold medal-winning National Junior Team in 1993. Comeau coached the National Junior Team to a gold medal at the 1996 World Junior Hockey Championship.
Attending the high performance seminar, designed to prepare Canada's high-performance coaches for international competition, are Real Paiement, head coach of Canada's National Junior Team for 1998 and his staff, as well as Claude Julien, head coach of Under-18 Team, and his staff.
Paiement, an assistant coach under Mike Babcock on Canada's gold medal-winning National Junior team in 1997, will work with Peter DeBoer, head coach of the Detroit Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, and Rick Carriere, head coach of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. Paiement, who coached the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to the Memorial Cup tournament last month, will be head coach of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League next season. Paiement and his assistants will use the seminar, in large part, to begin planning for the World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki, Finland, where Canada will be seeking a sixth straight gold medal from December 25-January 3. The National Junior team holds its summer evaluation camp in Toronto from August 8-14.
Julien, who piloted the Hull Olympiques to the Memorial Cup championship, will be assisted by Stan Butler, head coach of the Prince George Cougars of the WHL, and Geoff Ward of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers. The Under-18 team will hold a pre-competition camp in Toronto from August 4-8 before departing for the Czech Republic and a three-nation tournament involving Canada, Slovakia and the Czech Republic from August 10-17.
The coaching staffs of the Under-17 teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba all will be taking part in the seminar, as well. Apart from Murray and Johnston, those giving presentations at the seminar include sport psychologist Wayne Halliwell, Don McKee, chairman of Canadian Hockey's coaching committee and an assistant coach on Canada's Spengler Cup-winning club last December, as well as Canadian Hockey's director of scouting, Barry Trapp.
In addition to participating in seminars on topics such as 'Mental Preparation for Short-term International Competition' and 'Characteristics and qualities of Canada's National Junior Team', the National Junior, Under-18 and Under-17 coaches will participate in on-ice sessions with the full-time National Team hopefuls.
Dave King, former national and Olympic team head coach, now an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens, will be an observer during the four-day seminar. His son, Scott King, who played for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, will be one of 51 athletes competing for a spot on the National Team.
Murray and Johnston supervised National Team evaluation camps in Caledon, ON, as well as Montreal last month. Training camp gets underway in September for the National Team, which represents Canada at international tournaments such as the Spengler Cup and the Sweden Games, as well as touring throughout Canada.
The Calgary camp this week will have the players practising Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning and playing intra-squad games each night. The practice sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., while the games all begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena.