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Hitchcock Chosen to Coach Team Canada, Jackets Getting a Little Healthier

by Jeff Rimer / Columbus Blue Jackets

April 1

Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock has been named Team Canada's Head coach for the upcoming World Championship which will be held in Canada May 2nd thru 18th.

After this morning's practice at the Dispatch Ice Haus, Hitchcock met with the local media and said he is excited about coaching Team Canada adding... "It's a bit selfish, but I want to keep coaching"... "I know there's pressure and stress with the job but I am up for it"... "I know the people with Hockey Canada and I am excited to work with Steve Yzerman and his assistants Doug Armstrong and Luc Robitaille."

Hitchcock will likely be joined by three or four Blue Jacket players. Rick Nash is certain to be selected to play for Canada and if he is healthy I fully expect Pascal Leclaire could be named as one of the teams goaltenders along with Jason Chimera and maybe even Manny Malhotra depending on who is in and who is out with regards to the NHL playoffs.

Speaking of Leclaire... he was back on the ice with his teammates for practice this morning and Hitch said he hopes Leclaire will not only be ready for Thursday's game in Detroit against the Red Wings, but for the two final games this weekend against St. Louis as well.

Look for both Ron Hainsey and Fredrik Modin to return Thursday as long as they do not suffer any setbacks.

Jiri Novotny meantime looks like his name has been added to the walking wounded. Novotny has a leg and or thigh problem and may not dress at all for the final three games.


*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you update on all the behind the scenes action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets hit the road. The next road game is 4/3 @Detroit.

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