CALGARY, AB - CHA President Bob Nicholson announced Tuesday that for the second straight year, Hockey Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald will lead Canada's team at the IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship, with this year's event taking place April 26 - May 11, 2002 in Sweden.
Nicholson and McDonald announced that Doug Armstrong, Vice-president and Assistant General Manager of the NHL's Dallas Stars will assist McDonald and join Canada's management staff as Assistant General Manager for the 2002 Worlds.
As the General Manager, McDonald, a native of Hanna, Alberta, will oversee the day-to-day evaluation of eligible players and player selection for Team Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Hockey Championship. Armstrong will assist McDonald in player selection, scouting and day to day operations.
McDonald and Armstrong will work closely with Wayne Fleming, Head Coach of the 2002 World Championship team in the selection of players for the Worlds. Fleming was Head Coach for Canada at the 2001 Worlds and is Vice-president, Hockey for the CHA and Associate Coach of Canada's 2002 Men's Olympic Team.
"We are extremely pleased and excited to name Lanny as our General Manager for the 2002 Men's World Hockey Championship, " said Bob Nicholson, CHA President. "Lanny will bring his experience from last year's Worlds, along with his passion for the game and understanding of the evaluation process of players. In addition, Doug Armstrong offers a wealth of experience and information in building winning teams and will be a great compliment to Lanny and Wayne Fleming as we prepare for Sweden."
This will be the second straight World Championship management involvement for McDonald. McDonald was Assistant Executive Director under Wayne Gretzky at the 2001 Worlds in Germany, where Canada finished fifth. He previously represented Canada on three occasions, but as a player: 1976 Canada Cup, 1979 Challenge Cup and the 1981 World Hockey Championship.
McDonald, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, played 1,111 games and 16 seasons in the NHL amassing 1,006 points on 500 goals and 506 assists. He played in four NHL All-Star games, won the Bill Masterton Trophy (1982-83), the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1987-88) and was named the NHL Man-of-the-Year in 1988-89.
"I am very honored to be appointed and involved once again with Canada's team at the World Hockey Championship, " said McDonald. "It is a privilege representing your country, and I look forward to taking my experiences from last year, and to work closely with Doug and Wayne in putting together a solid team, as we set our sights on a gold medal in Sweden."
Armstrong, a native of Sarnia, ON, is in his 11th year with the Dallas Stars and his ninth year as the Stars' Assistant General Manager. As Bob Gainey's assistant in Dallas, Armstrong works on contract information and handles the day-to-day operation of the hockey department. This will be his first International management experience.
The coaching and support staff that will join Canada at the 2002 Worlds in Sweden will be named in April.
Canada will open the 2002 IIHF World Hockey Championship on April 27 versus Latvia. Canada will play in Group D and be located in Karlstad with USA, Latvia and Italy. Canada won the World Hockey Championship twice in the 1990's (1994, 1997) and has reached the semi-finals two of the past three years.