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Hockey Canada names Shane Doan as GM, Claude Julien as head coach for Olympic team


Shane Doan will be the general manager of Team Canada’s men’s hockey at the Beijing Olympics, Hockey Canada announced Friday. Claude Julien was named as head coach.

Scott Salmond will serve as assistant general manager while Blair Mackassey will take the reins as director of player personnel. Julien will be joined by coaches Nolan Baumgartner, Jeremy Colliton, and Tyler Dietrich behind the bench.

Doan and Julien were both involved as GM and head coach, respectively, with Canada during the recent Channel One Cup in Russia and the Czech Republic. The Canadian team emerged as bronze medalists, finishing behind Russia and gold-medalist Finland. Doan also served as an assistant general manager for Canada during the 2021 IIHF World Championship last summer in Latvia.

As a player, Doan is a two-time IIHF World Champion and represented Canada during the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin. Doan is currently the chief hockey development officer of the Arizona Coyotes, the franchise he spent his entire 21-year career with.

Julien’s last full-time NHL coaching gig was with the Montreal Canadiens, losing his job 18 games into the 2020-21 season. He won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins during the 2010-11 season and won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Canada’s men’s hockey team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Julien also served as an assistant coach for Canada’s win at the World Cup of Hockey in 2016.

Canada will look to improve on its bronze medal performance from the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. That year’s competition, just like the upcoming tournament in Beijing, will be played without NHL players. Canada will play its first game against Germany on Feb. 10.

Salmond said the team will finalize its roster by Jan. 24. Team USA named its roster Thursday.

(Top photo: Kelsey Grant / NHLI via Getty Images)





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