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MacTavish named Canada World Champ. coach

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Craig MacTavish was named Tuesday to coach Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championship, which runs from Mat 7-23 in Cologne and Mannheim, Germany.

GM Mark Messier also named a management staff comprised of Doug Risebrough, Michel Goulet and Doug Messier.
 
MacTavish will be coaching for Canada in international competition for the fifth time, and the second time as a head coach. He also ran the bench for Canada's team at the 2010 Spengler Cup, after serving as associate coach for Canada at the 2005 and 2008 World Championships. MacTavish was also an assistant coach with Canada at the 2004 Loto Cup, where Canada finished third.
 
MacTavish coached the NHL's Edmonton Oilers from 2000 to 2009, leading the team to 301 wins in that time, and an appearance in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. MacTavish also served as an assistant coach with both the Oilers and the New York Rangers. As a player, he appeared in 1,093 NHL games with Boston, Edmonton, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia and St Louis, winning Stanley Cups in 1987, 1988 and 1990 with Edmonton and 1994 with New York.
 
"Craig is a great addition to the staff, a coach who possesses a wealth of international and professional experience," Messier said in a statement. "Having had the opportunity to win Stanley Cups with Craig as a teammate, I have a tremendous amount of respect and faith in his skills and ability to lead Canada as head coach at the world championship."
 
The management staff, under Messier's leadership, will work with MacTavish and the coaching staff in assembling a roster and a support staff over the coming weeks.

Risebrough has spent parts of 14 seasons as an NHL general manager, first with the Calgary Flames (1991-95) and then with the Minnesota Wild (2000-09), where he was the team's first GM. He won four Stanley Cups as a player with Montreal and another as an assistant coach with the 1989 Calgary Flames.

Goulet, a Hockey Hall of Famer as a player, served in a management capacity with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche from 1994 through 2009, serving as director of player personnel from 1995-98, after which he was named vice president. In his final season with the Avalanche organization, the native of Peribonka, Que., served as assistant to the executive vice president/general manager François Giguere.

"I am very pleased with the group that we have assembled so far for the 2010 IIHF World Championship," Messier said. "With the success that Canada has achieved internationally at the Olympics, our group wants to build on this momentum, while starting the process of identifying players for upcoming international competitions such as the 2014 Olympic Winter Games."
 
Messier hopes to name the rest of the coaching and support staffs in the next two weeks.






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