CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Wednesday, in collaboration with general manager Rob Blake, that Dave Tippett (Moosomin, Sask./Phoenix, NHL) has been named head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be held May 9-25, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus. Peter DeBoer (Waterloo, Ont./New Jersey, NHL) and Paul Maurice (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./Winnipeg, NHL) will serve as assistant coaches.
Blake is working with a management group comprised of Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, B.C.), Ron Hextall (Brandon, Man./Philadelphia, NHL) and Brad Treliving (Penticton, B.C./Phoenix, NHL). Steve Staios (Hamilton, Ont./Toronto, NHL) has been working as director of player development, advising the management group. Staios will also be supporting the coaching staff at the world championship.
“We are very pleased with the coaching staff that we have assembled for Belarus,” said Blake. “Dave, Peter and Paul have had great experience and success at all levels of hockey, and we know that they will ensure that our team is very well prepared for the world championship.”
“As a coaching staff, we are looking forward to the challenge of representing Canada at the world championship,” said Tippett. “Hockey Canada has had a great season this year, so we look forward to capitalizing on that momentum in Belarus. I am looking forward to working with Peter, Paul and all of our players and staff, as we assemble a team that will play a good brand of Canadian hockey and make Canadians proud.”
Dave Tippett, 52, has twice served as an associate coach for Canada at the IIHF World Championship, winning silver in 2009. He has been head coach of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes for five seasons, leading the Coyotes to three playoff appearances and two 40-win seasons, including Pacific Dvision title and appearance in the Western Conference Final in 2012. The native of Moosomin, Sask., won the Jack Adams Trophy in 2009-10, after leading Phoenix to 50 wins. Prior to joining in Phoenix in 2009-10, Tippett coached the Dallas Stars to two Pacific Division titles and five playoff appearances. As a player, he appeared in 721 NHL games over 11 seasons with Hartford, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He played two seasons with Canada’s National Men’s Team, in 1983-84 and 1991-92, culminating in a pair of appearances at the Olympic Winter Games; Tippett captained the 1984 team, and won silver in 1992.
Peter DeBoer, 45, has just completed his third season as head coach of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, guiding the franchise to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season in 2011-12. Prior to joining New Jersey, he was head coach of the Florida Panthers, guiding the team to 41 wins in 2008-09, the second-best record in franchise history. On the international stage, he was an associate coach under Craig MacTavish at the 2010 IIHF World Championship, where Canada finished fifth. DeBoer was also an assistant coach for Canada at the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series, where Canada won seven of eight games, and at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning gold.
Paul Maurice, 47, has just completed his first season as head coach of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, taking over behind the bench on Jan. 12, 2014. The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has never coached internationally with Hockey Canada, but does have international experience, serving as head coach of the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2012-13. Prior to joining Winnipeg, Maurice had stints as head coach of the Hartford/Carolina franchise and Toronto, helping Carolina reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2002, and becoming the youngest coach in NHL history to reach 1,000 games coached, when he was just 43.
Blake also announced that he expects to name a first group of players in the coming week. Canada’s roster will be comprised of players not involved in the NHL playoffs. Canada can also add players eliminated during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and can register up to 25 players, including three goaltenders, on its official roster.
Blake also announced the support staff, which includes a number of staff members on loan from NHL teams: equipment managers Jeff Lang (Davidson, Sask./Edmonton, NHL) and Jason McMaster (Plenty, Sask./Winnipeg, NHL), therapists Mike Burnstein (Hamilton, Ont./Vancouver, NHL), Gerry Townend (Carleton Place, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) and massage therapist Shawn Markwick (Peterborough, Ont./Ottawa, NHL).
In addition, Hockey Canada has assigned the following staff to the team: manager of national teams Derek Blais (Debden, Sask.), video manager Andrew Brewer (Fredericton, N.B.), team doctor Brian Benson (Cranbrook, B.C.), media attaché André Brin (Winnipeg, Man.) and coordinator of national teams Bayne Pettinger (Victoria, B.C.)
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