On Thursday, Team Europe bolstered its coaching and scouting staffs for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
The most notable addition is Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice, who’s been named as one of Ralph Krueger’s assistants, per team president Franz Riendl.
Maurice, a veteran of over 1,200 NHL contests with three different organizations, is a good fit for the European squad, having spent the ’12-13 campaign in the KHL coaching Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
As for the other staff additions, Team Europe added five individuals to its scouting team, highlighted by former NHLers Peter Bondra and Sean Burke.
Bondra, who served as Slovakia’s national team GM from 2007-11, was one of the greatest Slovak players in NHL history and still sits second on the Washington Capitals’ all-time goalscoring list.
Burke, a longtime NHL netminder, spent the last six seasons in Arizona, working as both an assistant to GM Don Maloney as well as a goalie coach — a position he’s received high praise for.
Joining Bondra and Burke on Team Europe’s scouting staff will be Lorne Henning, the former VP and assistant GM in Vancouver; Vaclav Nedomansky, one of the most decorated Czech forwards in international hockey history and Rick Olczyk, currently Ron Francis’ assistant GM in Carolina.
All five of the new scouts will work under Team Europe GM Miroslav Satan.