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Panthers' Gallant joins Team North America staff

Florida coach replaces Sharks' DeBoer at World Cup of Hockey 2016 @NHLdotcom

Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday was named an assistant coach for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

Gallant replaced San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, who removed himself from the coaching staff because of personal reasons.


Gallant is in his second season with the Panthers (35-19-8), who sit atop the Atlantic Division. Florida had a franchise-record 12-game winning streak earlier this season.

Gallant joins Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett and Edmonton Oilers assistant coach Jay Woodcroft as assistants on Team North America led by Oilers coach Todd McClellan.

Team North America will comprised of players from the United States and Canada who are 23 years old or younger by Oct. 1, 2016.

The World Cup of Hockey, an eight-team tournament, begins Sept. 17 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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