Shane Doan, Rick Nash and Scott Salmond complete Canada’s National Men’s Team management group; Claude Julien named head coach
CALGARY, Alta. – Less than a month from 2022 IIHF World Championship begins, Hockey Canada has named the management group and coaching staff who will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, May 13-29.
Shane Doan (Halkirk, AB/Arizona, NHL) will lead the Canadian contingent as General Manager, joined on the management staff by the Deputy General Manager Rick Nash (Brampton, ON/Columbus, NHL) and Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager Scott Salmond (Creston, BC). behind the bench, Claude Julien (Orleans, Ont.) will take the reins as head coach, alongside assistants DJ Smith (Windsor, ON/Ottawa, NHL) and Andrewé Tourigny (Nicolet, Qc/Arizona, NHL).
The management group and coaching staff were selected by Tom Renney (Cranbrook, BC)chief executive officer, Scott Smith (Bathurst, NB)president and chief operating officer, and Salmond.
“We are thrilled to unveil the management group and coaching staff who will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team in their defense of last year’s gold medal at the IIHF World Championship,” said Renney. “This is a group that combines many years of NHL, CHL and international experience, and we look forward to building a team that will proudly wear the Maple Leaf in Finland next month. »
Doan most recently worked with Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team as General Manager at the 2022 Winter Olympics. He was also General Manager and Assistant Coach for Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2021 Channel One Cup and has won a gold medal as assistant general manager at the 2021 IIHF World Championship. He was part of the management team for the 2019 Spengler Cup, winning the championship, and was a consultant at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, winning silver. As a player, he represented Canada six times at the IIHF World Championship, winning two gold medals (2003, 2007) and three silver (2005, 2008, 2009). Doan also won the World Cup of Hockey in 2004 and wore the Maple Leaf at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He joined the Arizona Coyotes as Director of Hockey Development in January 2021.
Nas will make his international management debut at the 2022 IIHF World Championship. He is currently Director of Player Development with the Columbus Blue Jackets and previously spent two seasons (2019-21) as the team’s Special Assistant to the General Manager. As a player, he represented Canada at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, winning gold in 2010 and 2014. He also wore the Maple Leaf to four IIHF World Championships , winning a gold medal (2007) and two silver medals (2005). , 2008), and won a silver medal at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship. Professionally, he played 1,060 NHL games over 15 seasons with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, amassing 805 career points (437 goals, 368 assists).
Salmond was promoted to senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada in 2018 after serving four years as vice-president of national teams. In this position, Salmond oversees all operations for Canada’s men’s, women’s and para hockey teams. He helped Canada win Olympic gold medals in men’s hockey (2010, 2014) and gold in women’s hockey (2022). He also led Canada to gold medals at five IIHF World Championships (2003, 2004, 2015, 2016, 2021), five IIHF World Junior Championships (2007, 2008, 2009, 2015 , 2018), two IIHF U18 World Championships (2013, 2021), one IPC Para Hockey World Championship (2017) and one Paralympic Winter Games (2006), as well as one Hockey World Cup (2016) and a Spengler Cup hat-trick (2015, 2016, 2017). Salmond joined Hockey Canada in 2001 and has held increasingly senior positions during his tenure with the organization.
Julian most recently served as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team at the 2022 Winter Olympics and head coach of Canada’s Men’s National Team at the 2021 Channel One Cup. He was previously behind the bench at Team Canada as an assistant at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, helping Canada win the championship. He won an Olympic gold medal as an assistant coach in 2014 and twice served as an assistant for Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship, winning silver in 1999 and bronze in 2000. Julien was recently head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. from 2017-21, and held the same position from 2003-2006. He spent 10 seasons (2007-17) as head coach of the Boston Bruins, winning a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 and the award Jack Adams as NHL Coach of the Year in 2008-09.
Tourigny is currently in his first season as head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. Previously, he was head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team, winning a silver medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also won gold as an assistant coach at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, in addition to silver as an assistant in 2010 and 2011. The former CHL Coach of the Year served as head coach and vice-president of hockey operations with the Ottawa OHL team. 67’s for four seasons (2017-21), winning the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHL Coach of the Year in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Prior to joining the 67’s, Tourigny spent 11 seasons with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL (2002-13) and one season with the Halifax Mooseheads (2016-17). He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche (2013-15) and Ottawa Senators (2015-16). In addition to his four World Junior appearances, Tourigny led Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team to a gold medal as head coach at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and won the gold as an assistant at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.
Black-smith was the head coach of the Ottawa Senators for the past three seasons (2019-22) after serving the previous four seasons (2015-19) as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to transitioning to the NHL, he was head coach of the Oshawa Generals of the OHL for three seasons (2012-15) and added the title of assistant general manager in 2014. He was also an assistant coach Windsor Spitfires for six seasons. (2004-10) before becoming the team’s associate coach for two years (2010-12). Internationally, he represented Canada once as a coach, winning gold as an assistant with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2014 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. as a player, he played 45 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, as well as 388 games in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Support staff who will work with Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2022 IIHF World Championship include:
- athletic therapists Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, PEI) and Domenic Nicoletta (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./Ottawa, NHL)
- Team doctor Dr. Tim Cregan (Pointe-Claire, QC/Ottawa, NHL)
- Equipment Managers John Forget (Oshawa, Ont./Ottawa, NHL) and Alex Menezes (Gatineau, Que./Ottawa, NHL)
- Video coach James Emery (CalgaryAB)
- Senior Hockey Operations Manager Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, BC)
- Hockey Operations Managers Tania Kenny (Toronto, ON) and Dylan Rockwell (Calgary, AB)
- Security agent Bob Martin (London, Ont./London, OHL)
- Media Relations Manager Spencer Sharkey (Hamilton, Ont.)
Canada will open the 2022 IIHF World Championship against Germany on May 13 at 1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 a.m. PT. It will also face Italy, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Denmark and France in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal matches on May 29.