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Boudreau named head coach for Canada’s Spengler Cup squad

By The Canadian Press on December 15, 2023.

Bruce Boudreau will make his international coaching debut as Canada's bench boss for the upcoming Spengler Cup. Boudreau, then-head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, stands on the bench before an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CALGARY – Veteran NHL coach Bruce Boudreau will make his international coaching debut as Canada’s bench boss for the upcoming Spengler Cup.

Hockey Canada made the announcement on Friday.

Larry Mitchell and Jeff Tomlinson, both with EHC Kloten in Switzerland, and Jim Playfair, associate coach with the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars, were named Boudreau’s assistants.

“All four coaches bring many years of experience coaching in the NHL, AHL, and Europe.” said Brad Pascall, the team’s co-general manager alongside NHL great Joe Thornton. ‘We know this diversity will be beneficial to our team.'”

Boudreau, who enjoyed a 15-season coaching career in the NHL with Washington, Anaheim, Minnesota and Vancouver, has not been behind a bench since being fired by the Canucks in January.

He currently serves as a senior adviser for the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara Icedogs.

The Spengler Cup will run from Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 15, 2023.

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