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Team North America Names Assistant Coaches for World Cup of Hockey 2016

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

TORONTO / NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team North America’s Assistant Coaches: Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks), Dave Tippett (Arizona Coyotes) and Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers). The four assistant coaches will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks) and Head Coach Todd McLellan (San Jose Sharks).

Dave Tippett. Photo by Norm Hall.

“We are pleased to announce these great additions to the Team North America staff for the World Cup of Hockey 2016,” said Chiarelli. “Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay will serve important roles in helping our efforts to make next year’s tournament a successful one for our team.”

Cooper made his NHL coaching debut in March of 2013 and has led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his two full seasons, including a 50-win season and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014-15. In 2014, Cooper was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award. Before joining the Lightning, Cooper also found success in coaching minor league and junior hockey, as he guided teams to championships in the AHL, USHL, NAHL and NA3HL. Cooper was a four-year letter-winner on the men’s Division I lacrosse team at Hofstra, where he also played on the club hockey team and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He then went on to earn a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., where he practiced law until 2003.

DeBoer is in his first season as Head Coach of the San Jose Sharks and spent the last three and a half seasons behind the bench of the New Jersey Devils. DeBoer led the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final and the second-winningest coach in Devils history. Prior to coaching the Devils, he spent three seasons as head coach of the Florida Panthers and 13 seasons coaching in the Ontario Hockey League with Detroit, Plymouth and Kitchener, where he earned a Memorial Cup Championship in 2003 and the OHL Championship in 2003 and 2008. Internationally, DeBoer has served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2015, 2014 and 2010 World Championships. In addition, he was a member of the coaching staff for Canada’s World Junior Championship team in 2005 and 1998. DeBoer was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 12th round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

In his 12 seasons as a Head Coach between the Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars, Dave Tippett has guided his teams to postseason berths eight times while also compiling four 100-point seasons, three 50-win seasons, five 40-win season and three Division titles. Tippett is in his seventh season as Head Coach of the Coyotes. He led the Coyotes to the Western Conference Final in 2012, and in 2010 was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy as the League’s top coach. Prior to joining Arizona, Tippett spent six seasons as Head Coach of Dallas and led the Stars to the Western Conference Final in 2008. During an 11-year NHL career, the undrafted left winger played in 721 games, registering 93 goals and 262 points with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. Internationally, he captained Team Canada at the 1984 Olympics and earned a silver medal as a member of Team Canada at the 1992 Olympics. In 1982, Tippett was a member of the University of North Dakota’s NCAA Division I Championship squad.

Woodcroft is in his first season as an Assistant Coach with the Edmonton Oilers and previously served as an Assistant Coach with the Sharks for seven seasons under McLellan. Prior to joining San Jose, Woodcroft spent three seasons on the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff, including their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship season. Woodcroft entered the NHL coaching ranks following a six-year minor league playing career that included stints in the German Oberliga, as well as the CHL, UHL, WCHL and ECHL. Woodcroft spent four seasons with the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he was an Academic All-American.

Photo by Norm Hall.

The World Cup of Hockey returns in September 2016 in Toronto, where eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship. In addition to Team Europe, the teams participating will include Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Team North America, Russia, Sweden and the United States. The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in this tournament.

The eight teams are split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format. Placed in Group A are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe and Team USA. The four teams in Group B are Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia and Team Sweden.

The top two finishers in Group A and Group B will advance to the Semifinals (Sept. 24-25), where the first-place team from each Group will face an elimination game against the second-place team from the other Group. The two Semifinal winners will meet in the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.

Live coverage of all tournament games will be provided by Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and ESPN in the United States. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Tickets are available for purchase via and, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL®. The offering is a World Cup of Hockey 2016 Tournament Pass, which provides admission to all games played at Air Canada Centre during the tournament. Pricing reflects a 17-game Tournament Pass and includes HST. Additional fees may apply. Prices are in Canadian dollars. This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

For more information on the World Cup of Hockey 2016, including team management updates, visit

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