Five NHL head coaches will make up the staff on Team Canada’s entry in the 2016 World Cup.
Hockey Canada announced today that Mike Babcock would be the head coach, assisted by Claude Julien, Barry Trotz, Joel Quenneville, and Bill Peters.
Excerpts from the press release:
Mike Babcock is the first and only coach to join the IIHF Triple Gold Club, having won an IIHF World Championship (2004), a Stanley Cup (2008), and two Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014).
Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont./Boston, NHL) was part of Babcock’s coaching staff when Canada’s National Men’s Team won its second consecutive Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Barry Trotz (Dauphin, Man./Washington, NHL) has served as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Men’s Team at the IIHF World Championship on four occasions – 2002, 2003, 2009, and 2013 – delivering one silver (2009) and one gold (2003) for Canada.
Joel Quenneville (Windsor, Ont./Chicago, NHL) is fresh off his team’s most recent Stanley Cup win. Quenneville, who is in his eighth season with the Chicago Blackhawks, has led the team to three Stanley Cup championships in seven playoff appearances.
Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./Carolina, NHL) is coming off a role as assistant coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team that won gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship last spring. … He is in his second season as head coach of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, and previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings under Babcock.
Canada plays its first game of the World Cup on Sep. 17, 2016, against the Czech Republic in Toronto.
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