CALGARY, AB – Steve Tambellini, Team Canada's 2003 Men's World Championship General Manager, announced Friday that Don Maloney will be the team's Assistant General Manager and Jim Nill will be Team Canada's Director of Player Personnel at the 2003 Mens Worlds in Finland from April 26 to .
Canada will be based in Turku, Finland and will play in Group C with Belarus, Latvia and Sweden. Canada's first game will be on versus Belarus.
This will be the second time that Maloney, a native of Lindsay, ON, has represented Canada on the international stage (the other as a player at the 1985 World Championship in Prague, winning a silver medal). Jim Nill, a native of Hanna, AB, was a member of the Canadian National Team during the 1979-80 season, and also represented Canada at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid.
Maloney and Nill will assist Tambellini in identifying and naming players and a coaching staff for Canada's team at the 2003 Men's World Championship.
"I am extremely pleased to be able to bring on board two quality individuals that have the same passion and commitment to both Canadian Hockey and to winning," said Tambellini. "Both Don and Jim have experience putting together winning hockey teams and have previously represented their country as players. They are outstanding additions to Team Canada as we set our sight on putting together a gold medal performance in Finland this spring."
Maloney, who will hold the role of Team Canada's Assistant GM, begins his sixth season in the front office of the NHL's New York Rangers and third year as Vice President of Player Development and Assistant General Manager of the Rangers. Maloney's current position with the Rangers is assisting President and General Manager Glen Sather on player transactions and entry level player contract negotiations. In addition, Maloney's duties include involvement with the club's professional and amateur scouting operations.
Maloney, 44, played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League after being the Rangers 2nd round choice, 26th overall, in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He spent 10 _ seasons with the Rangers (1978--89) before joining the Hartford Whalers and eventually the New York Islanders. Maloney played in a total of 765 NHL regular season games, accumulating 214 goals and 350 assists for 564 points. In 94 playoff contests, he registered 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points, along with 101 penalty minutes.
Following his retirement in January, 1991, Maloney joined the Islanders as Assistant General Manager, where he was promoted to General Manager and Vice President of Hockey Operations after two years and served in that capacity from until .
During his playing career with the Rangers, Maloney scored 20 goals or more in his first five seasons. He was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game on two occasions (19) and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1984 NHL All-Star Game at New Jersey. Maloney helped lead the club to the Stanley Cup Finals in his rookie season, 1979, leading all post-season scorers with 13 assists, while setting the record (since broken) for most points by a rookie in the playoffs with 20.
Nill begins his fifth season as assistant general manager and his ninth as a member of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings management team. Nill's duties include directing Detroit's amateur scouting and selections at the annual NHL Entry Draft. He also served as the general manager of the Adirondack Red Wings and oversees the development of Red Wings prospects that are assigned to the American Hockey League, as well as those in the Canadian junior and European leagues.
Nill, 44, joined the Red Wings front office in the summer of 1994 following three seasons with the Ottawa Senators. He began his stint with Ottawa as an amateur scout and was promoted to pro scout after only two years.
Nill played nine years in the NHL with Boston, Vancouver, St. Louis, Winnipeg and Detroit and was St. Louis' fourth pick (89th overall, fifth round) in the 1978 Entry Draft. He spent his final 2 _ years in uniform with the Red Wings after being acquired from Winnipeg Jan.. His NHL career statistics totaled 58 goals, 87 assists and 854 PIM in 524 regular-season games.
Canada has won the IIHF World Hockey Championship twice in the 1990's (1994, 1997) and has reached the semi-finals two of the past four years. Canada finished sixth at the 2002 Men's Worlds in Sweden.