Monday, April 07, 2008

Canada fills out coaching roster

Los Angeles Kings Associate Coach Mike Johnston will join Pat Burns and Craig MacTavish as assistant coaches on Canada’s coaching staff for the 2008 IIHF World Championship, Steve Yzerman — Canada’s General Manager — and the Kings announced today. In addition, the Kings’ Darren Granger has been named Canada’s Head Equipment Manager for the World Championship.
>> press release
Great to see Burns back coaching after a long and difficult battle with cancer.



At 6:18 p.m., April 07, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Apparently excitement isn't a big priority in Team Canada's entry this year... lots of defensive grumpiness behind the bench.

Good for Burns, though. He'll have to handle the French media queries.

At 7:47 p.m., April 07, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

The Senators could do far worse than to get Burns behind the bench for 08-09. He is a smart veteran coach with a proven track record, the kind of guy who could instantly command the respect of the players.

At 10:12 p.m., April 07, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Anyone else find it interesting that LA's associate coach is going, despite the obvious availability of their head coach? A cynical man would think Marc Crawford hasn't got much time left in the NHL

At 10:29 p.m., April 07, 2008, Blogger Shawn said...

Maybe not but with a voice like that he's a sure thing for broadcasting ;)

At 1:51 a.m., April 08, 2008, Blogger grease trap said...

He DOES sport a Craig Simpson hairstyle...

At 9:50 a.m., April 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just glad they took my suggestion and added PAt Burns! Bi-lingual and a great opportunity to coach considering it is only a short tournament with minimal travel.

At 12:44 p.m., April 08, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James, do you know what Lindy Ruff needs to do to get some attention from Hockey Canada? Kind of ridiculous that this guy never even gets a sniff. Maybe the US team should kick his tires...


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