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Lightning coach Guy Boucher will be an assistant at Worlds as Canada finalizes coaching staff



Canada finalized its coaching staff for the world championship in Sweden and Finland, and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher will be an assistant. Former Flames coach Brent Sutter will be the head coach. Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is the other assistant.

There had been some speculation that either Boucher or Muller, who accepted their positions last week, might get the head coaching job after Sabres coach Lindy Ruff declined.

Here is the official announcement:

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher has been named an assistant coach for Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championships today, Hockey Canada announced. The tournament runs from May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, with Canada based out of Helsinki for the entire event. Canada opens up against Slovakia on May 4.

Boucher, a native of Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec, recently completed his second season as bench boss of the Lightning.  In 164 games with Tampa Bay, Boucher has posted an 84-61-19 record, including a trip to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals during his first season with the club.  He was named the seventh head coach of the Lightning on June 10, 2010.

The 40-year-old previously served as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal, and as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championship, also winning gold.  He coached Canada’s National Under-18 Team at the 2006 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka, where the team finished fourth.

Boucher joins Teddy Purcell (Canada), Nate Thompson (USA) and J.T. Brown (USA) as Lightning personnel committed to participate in the tournament. Defenseman Victor Hedman (Sweden) is also expected to participate.

[Last modified: Friday, April 13, 2012 3:20pm]


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