CALGARY, AB - Hockey Canada, along with Ken Holland (Vernon, BC/Detroit Red Wings), Canada's General Manager, and Head Coach Marc Habscheid (Swift Current, SK/Hockey Canada) announced the management and coaching staff for Canada's 2006 Men's World Championship Team on Monday, at a press conference in Calgary, AB. The 2006 IIHF Men's World Championship will take place in Riga, Latvia from May 5-21, 2006.
Holland, who as General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings, will be remaining in North America during the World Championship, named Michael Barnett /Phoenix Coyotes) as his Assistant General Manager. Barnett will be assisting Holland in player identification, evaluation and selection over the coming weeks, as well as working with the coaching and support staff on the overall operations of the team. Barnett will travel to the team to Latvia.
Holland also announced that Head Coach Habscheid will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Claude Julien (Orleans, ON) and Trent Yawney (Hudson Bay, SK/Chicago Blackhawks).
"We are very excited about the quality of the staff that we are naming today," said Holland. "These individuals were all thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Canada at the World Championship. I look forward to getting input from Michael and the coaching staff, as we continue to add players over the coming weeks and after the first round of the playoffs."
Over the coming weeks, Holland, Habscheid along with Canada's management and coaching staff will be scouting games and naming players to Canada's roster from NHL teams that either will not be participating in the NHL playoffs or that are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
Canada will open the 2006 IIHF Men's World Championship in Riga, Latvia on May 5th versus Denmark. All of Canada's games will be broadcast live from Latvia on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada. Canada will play in the preliminary round in a group that includes Denmark, Norway and the USA.
For further information on Canada's 2006 Men's World Championship team, and the IIHF Men's World Championship, go to Hockey Canada's official website at www.hockeycanada.ca