Cameron will lead Canada's entry into the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo as the nation looks to start a new run after its five-year gold-medal streak at the elite international under-20 tournament was ended in January.
Cameron served as an assistant coach to Pat Quinn on 2009's gold-medal winning squad in Ottawa, and was an assistant under Willie Desjardins on last year's team that took home a silver medal following an overtime loss to the U.S. in the gold-medal game in Saskatoon.
"I am truly honored and humbled to be named head coach of Canada's National Junior Team," Cameron said. "I look forward to working with the great staff that we have assembled, and our first objective will be to reclaim gold for Canada at the World Juniors."
Assisting Cameron will be Bob Boughner, Ryan Huska and Andre Tourigny.
Boughner, the coach of the Windsor Spitfires, recently led his team to the first repeat Memorial Cup championship since the 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers -- a team that featured Huska, now the coach of the WHL's Kelowna Rockets. Tourigny is the coach and GM of the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He also was an assistant on last year's team.
"We are very excited about the coaching staff we are naming today for Canada's National Junior Team," said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada's senior director of men's national teams. "All four of these coaches bring a wealth of experience, and we look forward to working with them this winter in Buffalo."
"I am truly honored and humbled to be named head coach of Canada's National Junior Team. I look forward to working with the great staff that we have assembled, and our first objective will be to reclaim gold for Canada at the World Juniors." -- Dave CameronThe team won't be picked until December, but Hockey Canada's first step will be a goaltender evaluation camp to be held June 17-20 in Calgary. Among the invited goaltenders is the Seattle Thunderbirds' Calvin Pickard, the NHL Central Scouting's top-rated goaltender for the 2010 Entry Draft.
Joining him at the camp will be the Everett Silvertips' Kent Simpson (No. 3); the Niagara IceDogs' Mark Visentin (No. 4); Louis Domingue of the Quebec Remparts (No. 5); Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault of the Halifax Mooseheads (No. 7); Tyler Bunz of the Medicine Hat Tigers (No. 10); and J.P. Anderson of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.
Other players invited are Edmonton Oilers 2009 fifth-round pick Olivier Roy and Los Angeles Kings 2009 fourth-round pick Jean-Francois Berube.
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