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Todd McLellan to coach young Canadian team at world championships

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Todd McLellan will coach Canada at the upcoming world championships in Prague, assisted by Peter DeBoer, Bill Peters and Jay Woodcroft.

McLellan, a native of Melville, Sask., just finished his seventh season behind the bench for the San Jose Sharks. He was an assistant at the world juniors in 2000 but will be coaching Canada at this tournament for the first time.

"This is a coaching staff with extensive experience in the NHL and knowledge of the international game, as well," Canadian GM Jim Nill said in a statement. "As a management group we are excited to work with this staff and look forward to building a roster and representing Canada in the Czech Republic next month."

Nill, GM of the Dallas Stars, has a connection to McLellan from their time with the Detroit Red Wings.

DeBoer, from Dunnville, Ont., was fired as coach of the New Jersey Devils in December. He was an assistant on Dave Tippett's staff last year in Minsk, Belarus.

Peters, a native of Three Hills, Alta., was a first-year NHL head coach this season with the Carolina Hurricanes and like McLellan is a disciple of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who led Canada to back-to-back Olympic gold medals.

Toronto's Woodcroft has been an assistant on McLellan's staff in San Jose after also working under Babcock.

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