Just days after Peter Laviolette was named coach of the U.S. team for the 2014 World Hockey Championship, Canada announced that Phoenix bench boss Dave Tippett would be its coach for the tournament, which will take place in Belarus from May 9-24.
“When you get an opportunity to coach for your country, you can never pass that up,” Tippett said, per the Arizona Republic. “That being said, I’d much rather be in the playoffs coaching our guys. But if the situation comes and you’re not busy, it’s an honor to go and coach for your country.”
Tippett has twice represented Canada in a coaching capacity — at the 2009 and 2013 Worlds, both times serving as an assistant under Lindy Ruff. The ’09 team was the last Canadian group to medal at the Worlds, capturing silver after losing 2-1 to Russia in the final.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.