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Ruff to coach Canada at IIHF World Championship

Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 12:49 PM / News

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Ruff to coach Canada at IIHF World Championship
Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Lindy Ruff would serve as Canada's head coach at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship next month in Sweden.

Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Lindy Ruff would serve as Canada's coach at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship next month in Sweden.

The country's management group, named in March 2012, is comprised of executive director Steve Yzerman, along with Doug Armstrong, Ken Holland, Kevin Lowe, Bob Nicholson and Brad Pascall. Peter Chiarelli will serve in an advisory capacity.

Ruff, 53, won a gold medal as an associate coach under Mike Babcock at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Ruff also won a silver medal as Canada's coach at the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland. The native of Warburg, Alberta, was coach of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres for 15-plus seasons and compiled the most wins in franchise history. He ranks second all-time in the NHL in most games coached with one franchise and most wins with one franchise, trailing Al Arbour of the New York Islanders in both categories.

Prior to joining Buffalo, Ruff was an assistant coach with the NHL's Florida Panthers for three seasons. As a player, he appeared in 691 regular-season games, including parts of 10 seasons with Buffalo and three seasons with the New York Rangers.

Ruff will be assisted on the bench by Doug Shedden, who serves as head coach of EV Zug in the Swiss A League, a position he's held since 2008.

The Ice Hockey World Championship runs May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. Canada will be based out of Stockholm for the duration of the event, opening May 4 against Denmark.

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