Canada’s management for 2016 World Cup of Hockey full of Olympic experience
The lessons of Olympic success will certainly inform the six-pack of managers chosen to lead Canada to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
St. Louis Blues’ general manager Doug Armstrong will GM the national team, and was part of the gold medal leadership at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Armstrong also has world championship experience as the general manager for 2009’s silver-medal winning team.
Armstrong is joined by fellow Olympic manager Ken Holland (2010, 2014), three-time Olympian Rob Blake, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, Ducks GM Bob Murray, and Hockey Canada VP Scott Salmond.
“These are some of the most respected and successful men in hockey,” – Tom Renney, Hockey Canada’s president and CEO
The management group chooses staff such as coaches, then works with that team on player ‘evaluation and selection’ according to Hockey Canada. The 2016 World Cup of Hockey is an eight-team NHL-run tournament scheduled for September 17th to October 1st. It will combine Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic plus two all-star teams: North American Youngstars (U23) and Team (the rest of) Europe. The NHL and NHLPA will pick managers to chose the two all-star teams.
The last World Cup of Hockey was in 2004, where Canada went undefeated and beat Finland in the championship game.