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Groulx named Canada coach for 2015 World Juniors

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 10:43 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

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Groulx named Canada coach for 2015 World Juniors
Benoit Groulx was announced Thursday as the coach for Canada's team at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

ALL TIMES EASTERN
DEC. 26
Russia vs. Denmark 1 p.m. Toronto
United States vs. Finland 3 p.m. Montreal
Czech Republic vs. Sweden 5 p.m. Toronto
Slovakia vs. Canada 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 27
Sweden vs. Denmark 1 p.m. Toronto
Finland vs. Slovakia 4 p.m. Montreal
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic 5 p.m. Toronto
Canada vs. Germany 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 28
Switzerland vs. Russia 5 p.m. Toronto
Germany vs. United States 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 29
Denmark vs. Czech Republic 1 p.m. Toronto
Slovakia vs. United States 4 p.m. Montreal
Russia vs. Sweden 5 p.m. Toronto
Canada vs. Finland 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 30
Denmark vs. Switzerland 5 p.m. Toronto
Germany vs. Slovakia 8 p.m. Montreal
DEC. 31
Sweden vs. Switzerland 1 p.m. Toronto
United States vs. Canada 4 p.m. Montreal
Czech Republic vs. Russia 5 p.m. Toronto
Finland vs. Germany 8 p.m. Montreal
JAN. 2
Quarterfinals
JAN. 4
Semifinals
JAN. 5
Bronze-medal game
Gold-medal game

Benoit Groulx was announced Thursday as coach of Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Groulx, who coaches the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, was an assistant to coach Brent Sutter on Canada's 2014 WJC team that finished fourth after losing to Russia in the bronze-medal game.

That loss marked the second straight WJC Canada finished without a medal, following a loss to Russia in the bronze-medal game in 2013. With Montreal and Toronto hosting the 2015 WJC, there will be considerable pressure on Groulx. In the history of the tournament, which dates to 1977, Canada never has gone three straight tournaments without a medal.

Groulx had been named coach of the 2009 WJC team for Canada but resigned to instead coach the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

Named as Groulx's assistant coaches were Dave Lowry, coach of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League; and Scott Walker, coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League.

Hockey Canada announced a summer evaluation camp will be held Aug. 3-9 in the Montreal area. The camp will feature practices and exhibition games against the Czech Republic and Russia in Brossard, Sherbrooke and at Concordia University.

The 2015 WJC will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014. Canada will play in Group A, along with defending champion Finland, Germany, Slovakia and the United States, and play its preliminary-round games at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Group B will consist of Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland, and play its preliminary-round games at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The semifinals and the bronze- and gold-medal games will be played in Toronto.

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