Team Canada has officially locked in their off-ice stewards for the 2022 World Championship, unveiling the management and coaching staff on Monday that will look to guide the nation to gold next month in Finland.
Shane Doan will serve as GM of the club, reprising the role he served with Team Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Joining Doan in the front office is another former NHLer in Rick Nash, who will take on his first post-career executive role on the international stage as Canada’s assistant GM. Finally, Scott Salmond will round out the group as Canada’s vice president of hockey operations.
Behind the bench, Canada has tapped Claude Julien to take the reigns and lead the team once again, with the former Bruins and Canadiens head coach doing so at the 2022 Olympics, as well. Julien’s supporting staff will feature some current NHL talent in its ranks, with Ottawa Senators coach DJ Smith, and Arizona Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny serving as assistants.
“We are excited to unveil the management group and coaching staff that will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team in its defense of last year’s gold medal at the IIHF World Championship,” said Hockey Canada chief executive office Tom Renney in a statement.
“This is a group that combines many years of experience at the NHL, CHL, and international levels, and we look forward to building a team that will wear the Maple Leaf with pride in Finland next month.”
Of note, both Doan and Nash have compiled championship resumes at the World Championship during their respective playing careers, with each player having been a member of the Team Canada squad that took home gold at the event in 2007.
With a host of big-league names leading the way, Canada looks well prepared to defend its title once again.