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Canadian national junior team needs a new head coach after Groulx steps down

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The Canadian national junior hockey team is in need of a new head coach.

Benoit Groulx has left the position after apparently taking a job in the American Hockey League, a source told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. The national team must now fill the post ahead of the world junior championship in late December at Ottawa. Canada will be seeking a fifth straight gold medal at the tournament. Groulx, who had been head coach of the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques, was named to the national team post June 20.

He took over from Craig Hartsburg, who was the head coach for Canada's last two gold medals.

Groulx got the job after serving as an assistant to Brent Sutter during last summer's Super Series against Russia, in which Canada posted a 7-0-1 record.

He also oversaw the national junior team's July 25-30 summer camp.

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