CALGARY - Calgary Hitmen head coach Dave Lowry has 19 years of experience in the NHL, but never played international hockey.
The 44-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., will make his international debut from behind the bench. Lowry has been named head coach of Canada's under-18 team for the annual Ivan Hlinka international tournament in August.
Canada will attempt to defend its title Aug. 11-15 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
"It'll be a new experience, but I'm looking forward to getting some international experience," Lowry said Wednesday.
Lowry guided the Hitmen to a 59-9-3-1 record and a berth in the Western Hockey League final this season, which was his fourth with the club.
He was promoted to head coach from associate coach last year when Kelly Kisio stepped aside to concentrate on his general manager duties.
Lowry had 164 goals and 187 assists in 1,084 career NHL games in Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose and Calgary. He played in the 1996 Stanley Cup final with Florida. He served as the Calgary Flames captain from 2000 to 2002.
The Canadian under-18 team has participated in a summer tournament every year since 1991 and won it 13 times. Lowry will try to shepherd Canada's best players born in 1992 to another title.
"Your expectation is to win," Lowry said. "In Canada, we have high standards and high expectations and I can't foresee that changing."
His assistant coaches will be Chris DePiero of the OHL's Oshawa Generals and Mark Holick of the WHL's Kootenay Ice.
Hockey Canada also announced Wednesday that former NHL goaltender Ron Tugnutt will serve as the under-18 team's goaltending consultant.
The under-18 team will hold a selection camp in August prior to the tournament and the roster for it will be named at a later date. Hockey Canada head coach Al Murray will choose the selection camp roster and from that pool of players, Lowry will select his team.
"We're going to play a high-tempo, high-paced game," Lowry said. "On the international ice, it becomes a little bit more of a challenge. I like the puck possession game and I like a team that likes to score goals."