The last two times Jim Nill was part of the management group for the World Hockey Championships, Canada won gold.
So no surprise he’s been asked to go for a third.
On Wednesday, Hockey Canada announced that Nill has been named general manager for the 2015 Worlds, which will be held in the Czech Republic from May 1-17. He’ll head up a management group loaded with NHL experience, featuring former Washington GM George McPhee, current Arizona assistant Sean Burke, Tampa Bay AGM Pat Verbeek, former Leafs assistant Claude Loiselle and Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s VP of operations.
Nill captured gold as Canada’s GM at the 2004 Worlds and in 2003 while serving as the director of player personnel. Hired to replace Joe Nieuwendyk as Dallas’ GM in April of 2013, he led the Stars to their first playoff appearance in five seasons in his first year on the job.