CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, announced Tuesday
that Greg Walters, head coach and general manager of the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders, will be the head coach of
Canada East for the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, scheduled for November 5-11 in Yarmouth, N.S.
Walters will be joined by assistant coaches Sheldon Keefe (head coach and general manager, Pembroke Lumber
Kings, CCHL) and Jason Nobili (head coach, Markham Waxers, OJHL) for the tournament.
Greg Walters, 41, will return to the Canada East coaching staff for a second consecutive
year after winning a silver medal last year. Walters just completed his first season with the Raiders after
serving as an assistant coach with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting for the previous eight seasons, helping Georgetown
to the OJHL’s best regular season record. As a player, Walters played 12 seasons of professional hockey,
including parts of six seasons in the AHL with Rochester and St. John’s.
Sheldon Keefe, 31, will make his first appearance with Canada East at the 2012 World
Junior A Challenge. He has been head coach, general manager and owner of the Lumber Kings for the past six
seasons. Keefe has twice led the Lumber Kings to the RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship,
reaching the semifinals in 2007 before winning the national title in 2011. Keefe played eight seasons of
professional hockey, including 125 NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning
Jason Nobili, 38, will be an assistant coach for the second time with Canada East. Along
with Walters, Nobili was also an assistant coach on last year’s silver medal-winning team. Nobili is entering
his first season as head coach of the Waxers. Prior to joining Markham, Nobili spent two seasons as head
coach of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and one season at the helm of the Oakville Blades. Nobili has also spent
time coaching in the ECHL, as a head coach with the Reading Royals during the 2008-09 season and as an
assistant with the Florida Everblades for four seasons. Prior to his time in the ECHL, Nobili was an
assistant coach with the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL.
Hockey Canada will announce details for Canada East’s camp prior to the World Junior A Challenge in the
For more information on the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, please visit www.HockeyCanada.ca/wjac, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/wjrac or www.twitter.com/hc_wjac.