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Beijing Olympics: Doan DG, Julien head coach

Hockey Canada confirmed on Friday the presence of Claude Julien as head coach of the national team that will participate in the Beijing Olympics, while former player Shane Doan will act as general manager.

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The two men will replace in order Jon Cooper and Doug Armstrong whose withdrawal materialized with the announcement of the absence of the National Hockey League in China.

Fired by the Montreal Canadiens on February 24, 2021, Julien was at the helm of Canada at the Channel One Cup and was also due to work at the Spengler Cup a few weeks ago, but it was canceled due to the pandemic . At the Games, he will be joined by assistants Nolan Baumgartner, Tyler Dietrich and Jeremy Colliton, former Chicago Blackhawks driver.

“We are pleased to announce an experienced management group and coaching staff who will lead the Canadian Men’s Olympic Team at the 2022 Olympic Games,” said Hockey Canada CEO Tom. Renney, by press release. With less than a month to go before the men’s hockey tournament, we look forward to continuing our work with all of the staff as they prepare to represent Canada and to form a team that Canadians can support in their quest. Olympic gold. ”

Doan sharpens his weapons

For his part, Doan served as GM and assistant coach in the last Channel One Cup. Also, he helped the country win the gold medal at the 2021 World Championship as deputy GM. A two-time World Cup gold medalist, the former Coyotes captain was also part of Canada’s leadership group at the 2019 Spengler Cup.

“Shane and all of the management and coaching staff have worked hard to assess the players and build a roster that will give us the best chance of fighting for the gold medal,” said the vice-president. president of hockey activities of the national federation, Scott Salmond, adding that the composition of the Olympic team will be known “in the coming weeks”.

Representatives of the Maple Leaf will kick off their Olympic journey by taking on Germany on February 10. They will also play against the Americans and the Chinese in the preliminary round.