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Messier named Canadian GM for 2010 worlds

Wednesday, 12.09.2009 / 10:01 AM / News

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -Former NHL star Mark Messier has been introduced as general manager of Canada's team for the 2010 world championship.

Mark Messier was officially introduced Wednesday during a news conference at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Messier is as a special assistant to New York Rangers president Glen Sather.

Fellow Hall of Famers Steve Yzerman and Wayne Gretzky have built Canadian teams in recent years.

Canada has won back-to-back silver medals at the world championship. It last won gold in 2007.

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