Hockey Canada Network |
GM Doug Armstrong Names Pierre Gauthier and Joe Nieuwendyk as Assistant GMs
December 8, 2008

CALGARY, AB – Doug Armstrong, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2009 IIHF World Championship, along with Johnny Misley, Hockey Canada’s executive vice-president of hockey operations, announced on Monday that Pierre Gauthier and Joe Nieuwendyk have been named assistant general managers for the world championship, scheduled for April 24 to in Berne and Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland.

Pierre Gauthier, a native of Montreal, QC, is the assistant general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. He will be making his fourth appearance as a member of Canada’s management staff, having won a gold medal in 1997 and a silver medal in 1996 as Canada’s general manager at the IIHF World Championship. Gauthier was also one of Canada’s co-general managers for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

Joe Nieuwendyk, a special assistant to the general manager with the Toronto Maple Leafs, will join Canada’s management staff for the first time. The Whitby, ON native, who retired from the NHL in 2006 after 19 years and three Stanley Cups with three teams (1989-Calgary, 1999-Dallas, 2003-New Jersey), represented Canada as a player on four occasions, winning a silver medal at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship and a gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He also played at the 1990 IIHF World Championship and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

Gauthier and Nieuwendyk will help Armstrong and Misley, as well as the Men’s Olympic Team management staff, comprised of executive director Steve Yzerman and associate directors Ken Holland and Kevin Lowe, in evaluating and monitoring prospective players throughout the 2008-09 NHL season. Canada will name its coaching staff for the world championship late in the NHL season, and will announce the first group of players for the tournament in early April.

“I am very excited to have Pierre and Joe join our staff for the 2009 IIHF World Championship,” Armstrong said. “Both have extensive experience at both the international and professional levels, and I look forward to their input as we move towards winning another gold medal for Canada.”

“The IIHF World Championship is the biggest event on the international hockey calendar, and we are thrilled with the group that we are assembling to lead Canada in Switzerland come April,” Misley said. “Not only will this group select Canada’s team for the world championship, it will also play a vital role in evaluating possible players for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.”

Gold medalists in 2007 in Moscow, Russia and silver medalists in 2008 in Quebec City, QC and Halifax, NS, Canada’s National Men’s Team opens the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland against Belarus on April 24.

For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada

2014 Esso Cup: SUD 3 - EDM 2
Apr 23, 2014
A pair of power play goals in the second led Sudbury to its third win.
2014 Esso Cup: FRA 7 – MON 2
Apr 23, 2014
The Phantom fired 50 shots on net in picking up its first win of the Esso Cup.
2014 TELUS Cup: HAL 3 - CHA 7
Apr 23, 2014
Eight players had multi-point games to lead Châteauguay to its first win.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 4 - MJ 2
Apr 23, 2014
Marco Bozzo’s hat trick helped the Young Nationals to another win.
2014 Esso Cup: STC 3 - WEY 2
Apr 23, 2014
The Sabres scored three in the first and hung on to defeat the Gold Wings.
2014 TELUS Cup: OKA 1 - PA 1
Apr 23, 2014
Kjargaard and Bryshun traded goals in yet another tie game.
2014 Esso Cup: WEY 3 - FRA 2
Apr 22, 2014
Caitlin Dempsey’st wo goals paced Weyburn past Fraser Valley.
2014 Esso Cup: MON 5 - EDM 4
Apr 22, 2014
Faith Steeves netteda hat trip to leadthe Rockets to itsfirst win.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 1 - CHA 1
Apr 22, 2014
Goaltending stole the show as the Mintos and Grenadiers tied.
2014 Esso Cup STC 2 – SUD 1
Apr 22, 2014
A shorthanded goal from Alexa Vasko late in the second was the difference.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 3 - HFX 0
Apr 22, 2014
Longo a marqué deux fois pour procurer un premier gain aux Young Nationals.
2014 TELUS Cup: MJ 3 - OKA 3
Apr 22, 2014
Another tie for both the Generals and Rockets, this time a 3-3 game.
Photo Credit: