LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings, in conjunction with Hockey Canada, announced today that Luc Robitaille has been named an Assistant General Manager for Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Championship, scheduled for May 2-18 in Quebec City, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The tournament will mark the first time the flagship event of the International Ice Hockey Federation will come to Canada.
Hockey Canada also announced today that Steve Yzerman will serve as the team’s General Manager and Doug Armstrong will also serve as an Assistant General Manager for the club.
“I am very pleased to have Luc agree to join me on Canada's management staff for the World Championship along with Doug Armstrong,” said Yzerman, who was Canada’s General Manager at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, Russia, leading Canada to a perfect 9-0 record and its third gold medal in five years. “Over the course of our careers, Luc and I have developed a great relationship. I am very confident that Luc's knowledge of the game and the players will have a very positive impact on Team Canada.”
Robitaille, who retired at the end of the 2005-06 season after 19 seasons in the NHL, represented Canada as a player on three occasions – 1994 IIHF World Championship (gold), 1991 Canada Cup (gold) and 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship (silver) – but this will be his first time representing Canada in a management role.
The Montreal native is in his first season as the President of Business Operations for the Kings, with whom Robitaille spent 15 of his 19 seasons. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Kings, and works closely with the Kings’ front office.
Canada opens the 2008 IIHF World Championship on Friday, May 2 against Slovenia at the Halifax Metro Centre. All of Canada’s games will be broadcast live by TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada. For more information on the 2008 IIHF World Championship, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.
For more information on the 2008 IIHF World Championship, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.