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Vigneault to coach Canada at World Championship

Hakstol, Muller, Ruff named assistants for tournament in Slovakia @NHLdotcom

Alain Vigneault will coach Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, to be held in Slovakia from May 10-26.

Vigneault, who did not coach this season after being fired by the New York Rangers on April 7, 2018, will be assisted by Dave Hakstol, Kirk Muller and Lindy Ruff.

"We are extremely fortunate to once again bring together four elite-level coaches with over 60 combined years of NHL coaching experience to lead Team Canada in Slovakia," Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney said.

"It is always exciting to represent Canada and compete for a gold medal on the world stage, and we believe this group will use their professional and international experience to provide outstanding leadership to this year's team."

Vigneault is 648-435-98 with 35 ties in 1,216 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and the Rangers, and is tied for 12th in NHL history in wins. He's 68-71 in 139 Stanley Cup Playoffs games and led the Canucks (2011) and Rangers (2014) to the Cup Final. 

This will be Vigneault's first time coaching for Hockey Canada since he was an assistant at the 1991 World Junior Championship.

Hakstol, who was fired as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 17, returns as an assistant after helping Canada win the silver medal at the 2017 World Championship. He was 134-101-42 in parts of four seasons with Philadelphia.

Muller, in his third season as an assistant with the Montreal Canadiens, was an assistant for Canada at the 2012 World Championship. 

Ruff, in his second season as an assistant with the Rangers, worked in New York last season with Vigneault. He coached Canada to a silver medal at the 2009 World Championship and was an assistant when Canada won the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Canada opens preliminary-round play against Finland at Steel Arena in Kosice on May 10. Also in Group A are the U.S., Germany, Slovakia, Denmark, France and Great Britain. Group B consists of Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, Latvia, Austria and Italy.

Canada finished fourth at the 2018 World Championship after losing to the U.S. in the bronze-medal game.

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