CALGARY, ALBERTA - Stan Butler, Head Coach and Director of Operations of the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, has been named Head Coach of the Team Canada's 2001 National Junior Team, the Canadian Hockey Association and the Canadian Hockey League announced on Friday.
Butler, of Westhill, ON, was the head coach of Canada's National Under 18 Team in 1999, leading the team to a gold medal victory at the Under 18 Four Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic in August, 1999.
The CHA and the CHL also announced the appointment of Butler's assistants with the 20001 National Junior Team: Kevin Dickie, head coach of the CIAU's Acadia Axemen and Mike Kelly, head coach of the North Bay Centennials of the OHL.
The appointments were announced following a thorough screening process carried out by the National Junior Team Policy Committee, which is made up of Dave Branch, president of the Canadian Hockey League and the OHL, Gilles Courteau, president of the QMJHJL and WHL Commissioner Dev Dley. The CHA was represented by Bob Nicholson, President and Tom Renney, Vice-president, Hockey.
Butler, 44, an NCCP Advanced 1 (Level 3) certified coach, has been the Head Coach and General Manager in Brampton for three years, leading the team into the OHL playoffs in only their second year of play in 1999-2000. Prior to his Brampton appointment, Butler coached the Prince George Cougars of the WHL and the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. In 1988, he was named the CAHA Minor Hockey Coach of the Year while with the Wexford Midget Team in Ontario.
Dickie, 36, an NCCP Advanced 2 (Level 4) certified coach, has just completed his third season with Acadia University. He led the Axemen to the National Championship Final in 1997-1998 and was the Kelly Division nominee for Coach of the Year that same year. In 1996-1997, Dickie served as an assistant coach with Saskatchewan's Under 17 Team. Kelly, 40, an NCCP Advanced 1 certified coach, has been North Bay's Head Coach and General Manager for two seasons. Prior to joining the Centennials, he led the University of New Brunswick to the CIAU Championship in 1997-98.
Butler will welcome some 40 players to the National Junior Team's summer evaluation camp at the Father Bauer Arena in Calgary, AB from August 3-10, 2000. Butler, Dickie and Kelly will conduct six days of practices and intra-squad games to evaluate the candidates for the team that will compete for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Russia from Dec. 26 2000 - Jan. 5 2001.
In December, Butler will oversee the National Junior Team selection camp, to which 32 players will be invited, 22 of whom will earn spots on the final tournament roster.
Canada has won the World Junior Championship a record 10 times in the history of the championship, including seven of the last eleven gold medals. Team Canada won an unprecedented five straight World Junior titles from 1993-97, a bronze medal in 2000 in Skelleftea, Sweden and a silver medal in 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The 3M National Certification Program is designed to prepare coaches from communities to national teams to develop athletic potential. The three coaches selected are examples of individuals who have dedicated time in their coaching development to Coach Certification, leveraging their knowledge to work with Canada's National Teams at an international level.
In the next week to ten days, the CHA and the CHL will also name the National Under 18 Team coaching staff and roster as well as the list of forty players invited to the National Junior Team's Evaluation Camp.
Details for the National Junior Team's Evaluation Camp and the National Under 18 Team's Training Camp, both to be held in August, will also be announced soon.
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