CALGARY - Pat Burns is returning to the bench.
The former NHL head coach will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at next month's world hockey championship in Halifax and Quebec City.
Cancer forced Burns to step down as head coach of the New Jersey Devils shortly after the 2003-04 season.
Edmonton Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish and Los Angeles Kings associate coach Mike Johnston are Canada's other assistants.
Ken Hitchcock was named head coach last week.
Burns is a three-time winner of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach during a 14-year career with four teams (Montreal, Toronto, Boston, New Jersey).