“I am disappointed that I can not be involved with Team Canada at this year’s World Championship due to the personal situation surrounding my mother’s illness. I would not be able to put in the 100% that is needed for Hockey Canada.
Through all of this, I appreciate the patience and support of Hockey Canada and Bob Nicholson. Steve Tambellini will do a wonderful job for Hockey Canada and is more than qualified to lead Canada as they go for their third consecutive World Championship gold medal.
Steve has great experiences internationally at past World Championships, the 2002 Olympics and the World Cup last fall.Ken Holland is a great addition to the World Championship staff, and brings Stanley Cup Championships along with a tremendous amount of experience and enthusiasm which will benefit this year’s team in Austria.
Marc Habscheid is the right coach to lead Team Canada in Austria, and deserves to be named today. He has done a tremendous job through this season, he has a great knowledge of the international game and has shown over the past few years his talent of developing young players and winning.
I have spoken with Bob, Steve and Ken and told them that even though I can not be involved directly this year and can not be there, I am available to provide my opinion at any time, if needed.Team Canada is in good hands going to Austria with Bob, Steve, Ken and Marc, and I wish them all the best."