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Ken Hitchcock to coach Canada at IIHF World Hockey Championship @NHLdotcom

TORONTO (AP) - Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock will lead the host Canadian team at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

His assistants have yet to be named for next month's event in Halifax and Quebec City.

"Ken's wealth of international experience should prove to be a tremendous asset to our team as we go forward towards what we hope will be a gold medal on home ice," Steve Yzerman, the team's general manger, said in a statement Tuesday.

Hitchcock was an associate coach with Canada's Olympic teams in 2002 and 2006 and at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He also served as an assistant coach at the 2002 world championship.

The Blue Jackets have already been eliminated from NHL playoff contention and finish their season Sunday.

Hitchcock has spent the past 12 years as an NHL coach with Dallas, Philadelphia and Columbus. He won the Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.

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