CALGARY - Another former NHL star is getting involved with the Canadian men's hockey team.
Joe Nieuwendyk has been named assistant general manager on Doug Armstrong's management staff for the 2009 IIHF World Hockey Championship. Pierre Gauthier, assistant GM with the Montreal Canadiens, will hold the same rank as Nieuwendyk.
Nieuwendyk follows former players Steve Yzerman and Luc Robitaille, who each held management roles with the Canadian team at this year's event. Nieuwendyk currently works in the Toronto Maple Leafs front office.
Armstrong was also an assistant on Yzerman's staff and will be running the Canadian team for the first time in 2009.
Gauthier will be making his fourth appearance as a member of Canada's management staff, having won a gold medal in 1997 and a silver medal in 1996 as Canada's general manager at the IIHF World Championship. Gauthier was also one of Canada's co-general managers for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games
The world championship will be held in Bern and Kloten, Switzerland from April 24 to May 10. It will be the final senior-level men's international tournament played before the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.