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New head coach of Canadian world junior team to be unveiled Thursday

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OTTAWA - Hockey Canada will unveil its new world junior coach on Thursday.

Reports have suggested that Pat Quinn will be called on to lead the national team into the upcoming world junior hockey championship.

The position has been open since Benoit Groulx stepped down two weeks ago to accept a position in the American Hockey League.

Quinn most recently coached the Canadian team that won gold at IIHF world under-18 championship in April.

Some of the players from that squad will be among those competing for a job on the world junior team.

The 65-year-old Quinn has been involved with several national teams in the past, including the 2002 Olympic squad that won gold in Salt Lake City.

He last coached in the NHL in 2005-06, his seventh and final season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's also worked for the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

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