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Laxdal to coach Canada at Hlinka tournament

Thursday, 06.12.2014 / 1:15 PM / News

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Laxdal to coach Canada at Hlinka tournament
Derek Laxdal of the Edmonton Oil Kings on Thursday was named coach of Canada's team for the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Derek Laxdal of the Edmonton Oil Kings on Thursday was named coach of Canada for the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The tournament runs Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

Laxdal coached the Oil Kings to the Memorial Cup championship last month. It was the second time in his four seasons he led Edmonton to the Canadian Hockey League championship tournament.

Named as assistant coaches were Jody Hull, coach of the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League; and Eric Veilleux, coach of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Canada will hold training camp Aug. 2-5 in Calgary.

Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament six straight years and 16 times in the past 18 years.

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