CALGARY, AB -- Team Canada general manager Bryan Murray announced Tuesday the complete coaching staff
along with 17 NHL players that will represent Canada at the 1999 World Championship in Norway May
Heading up the coaching staff will be Mike Johnston, current full-time head coach and general manager of
the National Men's Team. His assistant with the National team, Willie Desjardins, will be serving in the same
capacity at the World Championship. Johnston and Desjardins will be joined behind the bench by associate
coach Dave King, who is presently an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens, who was head coach of the
Canadian National Team from 1982-93. King captured a silver medal with Canada at the 1992 Winter Olympics as
Murray also announced that one goaltender, six defencemen and ten forwards will be heading to Norway for
the 1999 World Championship. Seventeen NHL-ers have answered the call. The goaltender named is Fred
Brathwaite (Ottawa, ON) of the Calgary Flames.
On defence, Murray named Rob Blake (Simcoe, ON), Doug Bodger (Chemainus, BC) and Sean O'Donnell (Ottawa,
ON) of the Los Angeles Kings, Bryan McCabe (St. Catherines, ON) of the Vancouver Canucks, Derek Morris
(Edmonton, AB) of the Calgary Flames and StŽphane Quintal (Boucherville, QC) of the Montreal Canadiens.
At forward, Murray named Petr Nedved (Liberec, TCH) and Adam Graves (Toronto, ON) of the New York Rangers,
Corey Stillman (Peterborough, ON) and Andrew Cassels (Bramalea, ON) of the Calgary Flames, Ray Whitney (Ft.
Saskatchewan, AB) and Rob Niedermayer (Cassiar, BC) of the Florida Panthers, ƒric DazŽ (Montreal, QC) of the
Chicago Blackhawks, Claude Lapointe (Lachine, QC) of the New York Islanders, Brian Savage (Sudbury, ON) of
the Montreal Canadiens and Scott Walker (Montreal, QC) of the Nashville Predators.
Seven players from the Canadian National Team have also been invited to the pre-tournament camp in
Toronto, ON. Goaltender Aaron Schweitzer (Regina, SK), defencemen Brian Casey (Grand Falls, NF) and Shayne
Wright (Welland, ON) and forwards Jeremy Adduono (Thunder Bay, ON), Bob Maudie (Cranbrook, BC), Chris Szysky
(White City, SK) and Troy Stonier (Ottawa, ON) will also be vying for spots on the team that will head
Murray added that Canada has the option of adding more National Hockey League players following the first
round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Canada can add players until the beginning of the medal round and Murray
added that they have the option of using National team players in the early tournament games, and possibly
replacing them with NHL players as the tournament progresses.
The team will be getting together in Toronto on Thursday, April 22nd for a three-day camp that will take
place at the Beatrice Ice Gardens at York University. The team leaves Canada April 25th for Stockholm, Sweden
where they will continue training before heading to Norway on April 29th.
Canada opens the 1999 World Championship on Saturday, May 1 against Slovakia. The two-game gold medal
final will be held May 15th and May 16th. TSN and RDS will both televise the World Hockey Championship,
beginning with Canada's first game in the second round.