SAN JOSE – Hockey Canada announced today that San Jose Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan has been named head coach of Canada's National Men's Team for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. In addition, Sharks Assistant Coach Jay Woodcroft has also been named to the staff, and will serve as assistant coach along with Peter DeBoer and Bill Peters.
“This is a coaching staff with extensive experience in the NHL and knowledge of the international game, as well,” said Jim Nill, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team. “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.”
Todd McLellan, 47, just finished his seventh season as head coach of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. He has led the Sharks to three division championships and the President’s Trophy in 2008-09, and is the winningest coach in franchise history. Previously, McLellan spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, and won the Calder Cup as head coach of the AHL’s Houston Aeros in 2003. He also spent six seasons as head coach and general manager of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos from 1994-2000; McLellan was named WHL executive of the year in 1996-97, and WHL coach of the year in 1999-2000. He has one previous experience with Team Canada, winning a bronze medal as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2000 IIHF World Junior Championship. McLellan was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, and played five NHL games with the Islanders during the 1987-88 season.
Jay Woodcroft, 38, has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, winning the President’s Trophy in 2008-09 as part of Todd McLellan’s staff, and previously worked under Mike Babcock with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings from 2005-08, winning two President’s Trophies (2005-06, 2007-08) and the Stanley Cup in 2008. Woodcroft had a six-year professional playing career from 1999-2005.
Canada’s roster will be comprised of players not involved in the NHL playoffs. Canada can also add players eliminated during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and can register up to 25 players, including three goaltenders, on its official roster.
Canada opens the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship against Latvia on May 1. It will also face Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland in preliminary round play.
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