CALGARY, Alta. – With less than one month until the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, Hockey Canada has named the management group and coaching staff that will lead Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team in Beijing, China.
Shane Doan (Halkirk, Alta./Arizona, NHL) will lead the Canadian contingent as general manager, joined on the management staff by senior vice-president of hockey operations and assistant general manager Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), and director of player personnel Blair Mackasey (Montreal, Que.). Behind the bench, Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont.) will take the reins as head coach, alongside assistants Nolan Baumgartner (Calgary, Alta.), Jeremy Colliton (Blackie, Alta.) and Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C.).
“We are excited to announce our experienced management group and coaching staff that will lead Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team at the 2022 Olympics,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “With less than a month until the men’s tournament gets underway at the Olympics, we are excited to continue working with the entire staff as it prepares to represent Canada and build a roster that Canadians can support as it looks to bring home an Olympic gold medal.”
“As the 2022 Olympics quickly approach, we are excited to officially unveil the coaching, management and support staffs that will be a part of Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team in Beijing,” said Salmond. “Shane, the entire management and the coaching staff have been working extensively to evaluate players and build a roster that gives us the best chance to compete for a gold medal, and we look forward to unveiling that roster in the coming weeks.”
Doan most recently worked with Canada’s National Men’s Team as general manager and assistant coach 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.
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 gold medals at two Olympic Winter Games (2010, 2014), 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.
Mackasey was the assistant general manager for Team Canada at the 2021 Channel One Cup. He previously served as head scout of the Program of Excellence with Hockey Canada from 2002-06, helping build the teams that won gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2005 and 2006. He was also an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 1996 IIHF World Junior Championship and with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 1994 La Copa Mexico, winning gold at both. Mackasey was an amateur scout with the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996-02, was director of professional scouting and director of player personnel with the Minnesota Wild from 2006-18, and was a professional scout with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2018-21.
Julien recently served as 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.
Baumgartner most recently spent parts of four seasons as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks (2017-21). Prior to joining the Canucks, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves (2012-13) and Utica Comets (2013-17). As a player, Baumgartner had a 16-year professional career in the NHL and AHL, amassing 390 points in 878 career AHL games. He also won back-to-back Memorial Cups with the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers (1994, 1995), and won gold medals with Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 1995 and 1996, serving as captain in his second year.
Colliton was the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks for parts of four seasons (2018-21) after being promoted from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. He also served as head coach of Mora IK of HockeyAllsvenskan (2013-17) and was an assistant coach with the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) for one season (2012-13). Internationally, he won a gold medal for Canada at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championship and 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship, as well as a silver medal at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also played six professional seasons (2005-12) with the New York Islanders and AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Dietrich, the senior manager of hockey operations with Hockey Canada, most recently served as an assistant coach at the 2021 Channel One Cup. He spent five seasons coaching in Hungary and was an assistant with Hungary’s national men’s under-20 team, and has been a member of Hockey Canada’s hockey operations department since 2016, holding the title of manager of hockey operations, video and analytics, in addition to his current role. Dietrich has helped Hockey Canada’s national men’s teams win medals at the Olympic Winter Games (2018), IIHF World Championship (2017, 2019, 2021), IIHF World Junior Championship (2017, 2018, 2020, 2021) and other international tournaments as an assistant coach, video coach and senior manager of hockey operations.
The support staff that will work with Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team at the 2022 Olympics includes:
- Athletic therapists Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) and Brian Cheeseman (Mount Pearl, N.L.)
- Massage therapist Andy Hüppi (Schmerikon, SUI)
- Team physician Dr. David Manning (Calgary, Alta.)
- Mental performance coach Dr. Ryan Hamilton (Plaster Rock, N.B.)
- Equipment managers Brian St-Louis (Hull, Que./Baie-Comeau, QMJHL) and Blair Smook (Airdrie, Alta.)
- Video coach Elliott Mondou (Shawinigan, Que.)
- Managers of hockey operations Benoit Roy (Sudbury, Ont.) and Chelsea Stewart (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
- Security liaison Bob Martin (London, Ont./London, OHL)
- Analytics consultant Gianfranco Giuliano (Toronto, Ont.)
- Media relations manager Spencer Sharkey (Hamilton, Ont.)
Canada will open the 2022 Olympic Winter Games against Germany on Feb. 10. It will also take on the United States and China in the preliminary round before the tournament wraps up with the medal games on Feb. 20.
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