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Cooper, DeBoer, Tippett and Woodcroft named Team North America assistants

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TORONTO - Jon Cooper, Peter DeBoer, Dave Tippett and Jay Woodcroft will serve as assistant coaches for the 23-and-under Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.

They'll work under head coach Todd McLellan.

Cooper, a dual citizen from Prince George, B.C., is known for his efforts with younger players with the Tampa Bay Lightning and in the American Hockey League.

The 48-year-old led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup final last spring and won the AHL's Calder Cup with the Norfolk Admirals in 2012.

DeBoer, who coaches the San Jose Sharks after stints with the New Jersey Devils, won the Memorial Cup with the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers in 2003.

The Dunnville, Ont., native led the Devils to the 2012 Cup final and has been an assistant for Canada at the world championships four times.

Tippett of the Arizona Coyotes won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 2010.

A native of Moosomin, Sask., Tippett was head coach for Canada at the 2014 world championships.

Woodcroft has long been McLellan's right-hand man, serving as an assistant in San Jose and now with the Edmonton Oilers.

The 39-year-old from Toronto won a gold medal with McLellan and Canada at the 2015 world championships.

Team North America general manager Peter Chiarelli said he and associate GM Stan Bowman were considering coaches across the NHL as assistants for McLellan's staff but not junior or minor-league coaches.

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