CALGARY, AB -- Vancouver Canucks head coach Tom Renney, Ottawa Senators' assistant coach
Perry Pearn and former National Junior Team head coach Marcel Comeau will all be participating in a High
Performance Coaching seminar this week, Canadian Hockey announced Tuesday.
The conference runs concurrently with the third of three evaluation camps for Canada's
National Team. Both Andy Murray, the National Team head coach, and Mike Johnston, general manager and
associate coach of the National Team, will oversee the evaluation camp, as well as participate in the
Renney is a former National and Olympic Team head coach, who led Canada to a silver medal at
the 1994 Winter Games, while Pearn was head coach of the gold medal-winning National Junior Team in 1993.
Comeau coached the National Junior Team to a gold medal at the 1996 World Junior Hockey Championship.
Attending the high performance seminar, designed to prepare Canada's high-performance coaches
for international competition, are Real Paiement, head coach of Canada's National Junior Team for 1998 and
his staff, as well as Claude Julien, head coach of Under-18 Team, and his staff.
Paiement, an assistant coach under Mike Babcock on Canada's gold medal-winning National
Junior team in 1997, will work with Peter DeBoer, head coach of the Detroit Whalers of the Ontario Hockey
League, and Rick Carriere, head coach of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. Paiement, who
coached the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to the Memorial Cup tournament last month, will be head coach of the
Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League next season. Paiement and his assistants will use
the seminar, in large part, to begin planning for the World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki, Finland,
where Canada will be seeking a sixth straight gold medal from December 25-January 3. The National Junior team
holds its summer evaluation camp in Toronto from August 8-14.
Julien, who piloted the Hull Olympiques to the Memorial Cup championship, will be assisted by
Stan Butler, head coach of the Prince George Cougars of the WHL, and Geoff Ward of the OHL's Kitchener
Rangers. The Under-18 team will hold a pre-competition camp in Toronto from August 4-8 before departing for
the Czech Republic and a three-nation tournament involving Canada, Slovakia and the Czech Republic from
The coaching staffs of the Under-17 teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba all
will be taking part in the seminar, as well. Apart from Murray and Johnston, those giving presentations at
the seminar include sport psychologist Wayne Halliwell, Don McKee, chairman of Canadian Hockey's coaching
committee and an assistant coach on Canada's Spengler Cup-winning club last December, as well as Canadian
Hockey's director of scouting, Barry Trapp.
In addition to participating in seminars on topics such as 'Mental Preparation for Short-term
International Competition' and 'Characteristics and qualities of Canada's National Junior Team', the National
Junior, Under-18 and Under-17 coaches will participate in on-ice sessions with the full-time National Team
Dave King, former national and Olympic team head coach, now an assistant coach with the
Montreal Canadiens, will be an observer during the four-day seminar. His son, Scott King, who played for the
Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, will be one of 51 athletes competing for a spot on the National Team.
Murray and Johnston supervised National Team evaluation camps in Caledon, ON, as well as
Montreal last month. Training camp gets underway in September for the National Team, which represents Canada
at international tournaments such as the Spengler Cup and the Sweden Games, as well as touring throughout
The Calgary camp this week will have the players practising Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
morning and playing intra-squad games each night. The practice sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.,
while the games all begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena.