Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Early returns for Canada's next coach

Craig MacTavish and Darryl Sutter are at the top of Wayne Gretzky's list to coach the Canadian men's hockey team for the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.

Gretzky, who served as the executive director of the men's team that competed in the Olympics in 2002 and 2006, also said that Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock and Jacques Martin deserve consideration. However, Gretzky suggested, because Sutter led the Calgary Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup final and MacTavish followed the same path this past spring, they are the front-runners, with the Vancouver Games 43 months away.

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At 5:04 a.m., July 11, 2006, Blogger The Puck Stops Here said...

Speculating now about who should coach a team almost 4 years from now is a pointless exercize.

I but at least one of the current serious candidates will find himself fired before the Olympics.

I am sure some other Canadian coach will lead his team to the finals (and even the cup) much closer to the Olympics then Sutter in 2004 or MacTavish in 2006. I am not convinced that means he should coach Team Canada for that - or that MacTavish or Sutter should either.

At 3:12 p.m., July 11, 2006, Anonymous SabreMark said...

Is there any reason that Lindy Ruff shouldn't receive consideration for this job? The most tenured coach in the league, he has consistently gotten the most with the least.


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