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Hunter named Canada coach for 2020 World Juniors

Guided Capitals for 60 games during 2011-12 NHL season

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Dale Hunter will coach Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

The tournament will be held Dec. 26, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020, in the Czech Republic.

Hunter has coached London of the Ontario Hockey League since the 2001-02 season except for 2011-12, when he was hired by the Washington Capitals to replace Bruce Boudreau on Nov. 28, 2011. In 60 games under Hunter, the Capitals went 30-23-7 and finished second in the Southeast Division but lost to the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Hunter resigned May 14, 2012.

He's guided London to the OHL championship four times (2004, 2005, 2013 and 2016) and been named the league's coach of the year in 2004, 2005 and 2010.

Hunter's assistants will be Andre Tourigny, coach of Ottawa of the OHL, and Mitch Love, coach of Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League.

Hockey Canada also named Dan Lambert, coach of Spokane of the WHL, coach for the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, to be held in Czech Republic and Slovakia in August. His assistants will be Mario Duhamel, an assistant with Ottawa of the OHL, and Dennis Williams, coach of Everett of the WHL.

"We are excited about the two coaching staffs that have been assembled for Canada's National Junior Team and Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team, both of which include a combination of Canadian Hockey League, National Hockey League and international coaching experience," said Hockey Canada director of men's national teams Shawn Bullock. "We know all six coaches will represent our country with a tremendous amount of pride as they look to bring home gold medals at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup."

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