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Ron Hextall named GM of Canada for World Championship

Flyers executive to lead quest for third straight gold medal

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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was named GM of Canada for the 2017 IIHF World Championship on Monday.

The tournament will be played May 5-21 in Paris and Cologne, Germany. Canada has won the gold medal at the past two tournaments.

Montreal Canadiens scout Sean Burke was named assistant GM. Hextall and Burke were teammates with the Flyers during the 1997-98 season.

In addition, Canadiens assistant GM Larry Carriere was named director of player personnel. Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada vice president of hockey operations and national teams, also will be part of the managerial group.

"These four gentlemen bring a tremendous amount of experience in hockey management and in international competition as we look to assemble the best possible team to represent Canada at the 2017 World Championship," said Hockey Canada president and chief executive officer Tom Renney. "With the NHL regular season winding down, some very quick and smart decisions need to be made in regards to coaching staff and player selections. Ron, Sean, Scott, and Larry are prepared for the work ahead, and their collective knowledge and experience will be invaluable as Team Canada quickly assembles in preparation for its opening game on May 5."

Hextall was part of Canada's management group for the 2014 World Championship. Burke was director of player development for the 2016 tournament and part of the management group in 2015.

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