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North Americans name coaches

North Americans name coaches

McLellan to lead Canada, Richards Team USA

Published 14.04.2015 19:14 GMT+2 | Author Martin Merk
North Americans name coaches
Todd McLellan and Todd Richards together behind the bench of the San Jose Sharks in 2008. Photo: Rocky Widner / NHLI via Getty Images
Two former coaches who once worked together at the San Jose Sharks were named head coaches of Canada and the U.S. for the upcoming World Championship.

Jim Nill, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team, announced Tuesday that Todd McLellan (San Jose, NHL) will be Canada’s head coach at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Peter DeBoer, Bill Peters (Carolina, NHL) and Jay Woodcroft (San Jose, NHL) will join McLellan behind the bench as assistant coaches.

“This is a coaching staff with extensive experience in the NHL and knowledge of the international game, as well,” said Nill. “As a management group we are excited to work with this staff, and look forward to building a roster and representing Canada in the Czech Republic next month.”

Nill is working with a management group comprised of George McPhee, Sean Burke (Phoenix, NHL), Pat Verbeek (Tampa Bay, NHL), Claude Loiselle and Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams.

Todd McLellan, 47, just finished his seventh season as head coach of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. He has led the Sharks to three division championships and the President’s Trophy in 2008-09, and is the winningest coach in franchise history. Previously, McLellan spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, and won the Calder Cup as head coach of the AHL’s Houston Aeros in 2003. He also spent six seasons as head coach and general manager of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos from 1994-2000; McLellan was named WHL executive of the year in 1996-97, and WHL coach of the year in 1999-2000. He has one previous experience with Team Canada, winning a bronze medal as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship. McLellan was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, and played five NHL games with the Islanders during the 1987-88 season.

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Peter DeBoer, 46, most recently spent parts of four seasons as head coach of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, leading the team to an Eastern Conference championship and an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in 2012. He was also head coach of the NHL’s Florida Panthers for three seasons from 2008-11. DeBoer spent 14 seasons as a head coach in the Ontario Hockey League with the Detroit Whalers, Plymouth Whalers and Kitchener Rangers from 1994-2008, winning OHL championships with Kitchener in 2003 and 2008, and the Memorial Cup in 2003. He was named OHL coach of the year in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. DeBoer was previously an assistant coach with Canada at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2014, and was assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 1998 and 2005, as well as the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series, winning World Juniors gold in 2005. DeBoer played two seasons of professional hockey with the IHL’s Milwaukee Admirals from 1989-91.

Bill Peters, 50, just finished his first season as head coach of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes after three seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. Peters also spent three seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs from 2008-11. He was head coach of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs from 2005-08, winning the WHL championship and Memorial Cup in 2008, and served as head coach of the men’s hockey team at the University of Lethbridge from 2002-05. Peters was head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, winning a gold medal.

Jay Woodcroft, 38, has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, winning the President’s Trophy in 2008-09 as part of Todd McLellan’s staff, and previously worked under Mike Babcock with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings from 2005-08, winning two President’s Trophies (2005-06, 2007-08) and the Stanley Cup in 2008. Woodcroft had a six-year professional playing career from 1999-2005.

Canada’s roster will be comprised of players not involved in the NHL playoffs. Canada can also add players eliminated during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and can register up to 25 players, including three goaltenders, on its official roster.

Team USA coaching staff named

USA Hockey announced that Todd Richards has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Richards will be joined behind the U.S. bench by assistant coaches Dan Byslma and Greg Carvel.

Richards, who is representing the United States in international competition for the third time, will be making his debut as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Previously, he served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and also the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team during the IIHF World Championship in Germany.

Currently, Richards serves as head coach of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets. His team was plagued by injuries for much of the 2014-15 season, however, finished the regular season with wins in 16 of its last 17 games. Prior to being named head coach on May 14, 2012, Richards was the interim head coach for 41 games during the 2011-12 season after holding the position of assistant coach for the first half of that year. He began his NHL head-coaching career in 2009-10 with the Minnesota Wild where he spent two seasons. Prior to joining the Wild, he was an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09 and helped lead the club to the NHL’s best regular-season record.

Richards coached in the American Hockey League from 2002-06, including as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Admirals during the team’s 2004 Calder Cup championship. He returned to the Calder Cup Final in 2008 as head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

As a player, Richards enjoyed a 13-season professional career, including eight games in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers. As a collegian, Richards played four seasons (1985-89) at the University of Minnesota where he appeared in 167 games and contributed 30 goals and 158 points to become Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen. In addition, his 128-career assists put him fifth all-time among all players in program history.

Dan Bylsma is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team for the first time. A year ago, he was head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia. A Stanley Cup champion in his first season as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bylsma was most recently an NHL head coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he compiled a 252-117-32 record. His 252 wins are the most among Pittsburgh bench bosses all time.

Greg Carvel is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team for the first time. Carvel is currently in his third season as head coach for St. Lawrence University's men's ice hockey program in Canton, New York. The 2014-15 recipient of the Tim Taylor Award as ECAC Men's Hockey Coach of the Year, Carvel joined St. Lawrence after a 15-year professional hockey coaching career that included assistant coaching stints with the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks of the NHL, where he helped both teams reach the Stanley Cup finals.

USA Hockey also announced today that Bob Webster will serve as team leader, Dan Singleton (Columbus Blue Jackets) as video coordinator, and Jamie Healy (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Scott Aldrich (USA Hockey) as equipment managers. Additionally, Mike Vogt (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Stan Wong will serve as athletic trainers; Dr. Michael K. Shindle will be the team physician; Peewee Willmann will serve as massage therapist; and Dave Fischer (USA Hockey) will handle communications.

The staff and players of the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members include Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (USA Hockey), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers), and Don Waddell (Carolina Hurricanes). In addition, Bill Zito (Columbus Blue Jackets) is serving in a management role for the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team.

- With files from Hockey Canada and USA Hockey


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