CALGARY, Alta. – With less than one month until the 2022 IIHF World Championship gets underway, Hockey Canada has named the management group and coaching staff that will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, May 13-29.
Shane Doan (Halkirk, Alta./Arizona, NHL) will lead the Canadian contingent as general manager, joined on the management staff by assistant general manager Rick Nash (Brampton, Ont./Columbus, NHL) and senior vice-president of hockey operations and assistant general manager Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.). Behind the bench, Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont.) will take the reins as head coach, alongside assistants D.J. Smith (Windsor, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) and André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Arizona, NHL).
The management group and coaching staff was selected by Tom Renney (Cranbrook, B.C.), chief executive officer, Scott Smith (Bathurst, N.B.), president and chief operating officer, and Salmond.
“We are excited to unveil the management group and coaching staff that will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team in its defence of last year’s gold medal at the IIHF World Championship,” said Renney. “This is a group that combines many years of experience at the NHL, CHL and international levels, and we look forward to building a team that will wear the Maple Leaf with pride in Finland next month.”
Doan most recently worked with Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team as general manager at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. He was also the general manager and assistant coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2021 Channel One Cup, and won a gold medal as assistant general manager at the 2021 IIHF World Championship. He was part of the management staff at the 2019 Spengler Cup, winning the championship, and was a consultant at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, earning silver. As a player, he represented Canada six times at the IIHF World Championship, winning two gold medals (2003, 2007) and three silver (2005, 2008, 2009). Doan also won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and wore the Maple Leaf at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. He joined the Arizona Coyotes as chief hockey development officer in January 2021.
Nash will make his international management debut at the 2022 IIHF World Championship. He currently serves as the director of player development with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and previously spent two seasons (2019-21) as the team’s special assistant to the general manager. As a player, he represented Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014, winning gold in 2010 and 2014. He also wore the Maple Leaf at four IIHF World Championships, winning one gold medal (2007) and two silver (2005, 2008), and won a silver medal at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship. Professionally, he played in 1,060 NHL games over 15 seasons with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, amassing 805 career points (437 goals, 368 assists).
Salmond was promoted to senior vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada in 2018 after serving as vice-president of national teams for four years. In this position, Salmond oversees all operations for Canada’s men’s, women’s and para hockey teams. He has helped lead Canada to Olympic gold medals in men’s hockey (2010, 2014) and one gold in women’s hockey (2022). He has also led Canada to gold medals at five IIHF World Championships (2003, 2004, 2015, 2016, 2021), five IIHF World Junior Championships (2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018), two IIHF U18 World Championships (2013, 2021), one IPC World Para Hockey Championship (2017) and one Paralympic Winter Games (2006), as well as a World Cup of Hockey championship (2016) and a Spengler Cup three-peat (2015, 2016, 2017). Salmond joined Hockey Canada in 2001 and has held increasingly senior high-performance roles during his tenure with the organization.
Julien recently served as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and was the head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2021 Channel One Cup. He was previously behind the Team Canada bench as an assistant at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, helping Canada win the championship. He won an Olympic gold medal as an assistant coach in 2014 and has twice been an assistant with Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship, winning silver in 1999 and bronze in 2000. Julien most recently served as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 2017-21, and was in the same role from 2003-06. He spent 10 seasons (2007-17) as head coach of the Boston Bruins, winning a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 and the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2008-09.
Tourigny is currently in his first season as head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. Previously, he served as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team, earning a silver medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also won gold as an assistant coach at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, in addition to silver as an assistant in 2010 and 2011. The former CHL Coach of the Year served as head coach and vice-president of hockey operations with the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s for four seasons (2017-21), winning the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHL coach of the year in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Prior to joining the 67’s, Tourigny spent 11 seasons with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (2002-13) and one season with the Halifax Mooseheads (2016-17). He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche (2013-15) and Ottawa Senators (2015-16). In addition to his four appearances at the World Juniors, Tourigny led Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team to a gold medal as head coach at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and won gold as an assistant at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.
Smith has been the head coach of the Ottawa Senators for the past three seasons (2019-22) after serving the previous four seasons (2015-19) as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before making the transition to the NHL, he was the head coach of the OHL’s Oshawa Generals for three seasons (2012-15) and added the title of assistant general manager in 2014. He was also an assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires for six seasons (2004-10) before serving as an associate coach with the team for two years (2010-12). Internationally, he has represented Canada once as a coach, winning gold as an assistant with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2014 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. As a player, he played in 45 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, as well as 388 American Hockey League (AHL) games.
The support staff that will work with Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2022 IIHF World Championship includes:
- Athletic therapists Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) and Domenic Nicoletta (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./Ottawa, NHL)
- Team physician Dr. Tim Cregan (Pointe-Claire, Que./Ottawa, NHL)
- Equipment managers John Forget (Oshawa, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) and Alex Menezes (Gatineau, Que./Ottawa, NHL)
- Video coach James Emery (Calgary, Alta.)
- Senior manager of hockey operations Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C.)
- Managers of hockey operations Tania Kenny (Toronto, Ont.) and Dylan Rockwell (Calgary, Alta.)
- Security liaison Bob Martin (London, Ont./London, OHL)
- Media relations manager Spencer Sharkey (Hamilton, Ont.)
Canada will open the 2022 IIHF World Championship against Germany on May 13 at 1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 a.m. PT. It will also take on Italy, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Denmark and France in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on May 29.
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