CALGARY, AB - Assistant Executive Director Lanny McDonald and Head Coach Wayne Fleming announced on Friday that Brent Peterson of the Nashville Predators will be an assistant coach for Canada at the 2001 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship in Germany, April 28-. Peterson will join Head Coach Fleming and Assistants Guy Carbonneau of the Montreal Canadiens and Assistant Coach/Video Mike Pelino of Canada's National Men's Team.
"We are very happy to have Brent join our coaching staff for the Men's World Championship, " said Assistant Executive Director, Lanny McDonald. "He brings a wealth of knowledge as both a player and a coach, and has had success at every level of his hockey career." Peterson just completed his third season as assistant coach with the NHL's Nashville Predators. He joined the Predators after serving as head coach of the Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) for seven seasons, posting a 201-138-20 mark. During the 1997-98 season, the Winter Hawks were a league best 53-14-5 and captured the WHL Championship and Memorial Cup.
"We have assembled a well balanced coaching staff, and we look forward to naming the remaining players on our roster and prepare for this year's Worlds," said Head Coach Fleming.
Before joining Portland, the Calgary, Alberta native spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Hartford Whalers (NHL) from 1989-91 following his retirement as a player. The former Detroit Red Wings first-round pick in 1978 played 11 NHL seasons from 1978-89 with Detroit, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks and Hartford.
He appeared in 620 NHL games collecting 213 points (72 goals and 141 assists) and 484 penalty minutes.
Peterson was known as one of the League's top defensive forwards and penalty killers. "I am very honored to
be named to Team Canada and to represent my country at this year's Championship, " said Peterson. "I look
forward to working with the coaching staff and the players, with a goal of bringing a gold medal back to
Canada's roster currently stands at nine players. Executive Director Wayne Gretzky, along with McDonald and Head Coach Fleming will continue to monitor the NHL playoff situation, and plan to name additional players to the roster throughout the next two weeks. Canada's first game at the 2001 IIHF World Hockey Championship will take place in Hannover, Germany on April 28 versus Norway. This year's World Championship will be played in three locations: Hannover, Cologne and Nurnberg, with Canada based in Hannover.