CALGARY – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced that Dave Cameron, head coach of the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, will be head coach of Canada’s U20 national team for the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship, scheduled for December 26, 2010 to January 5, 2011 in Buffalo and Niagara, New York.
Cameron will be joined behind Canada’s bench by assistant coaches Bob Boughner (head coach of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires), Ryan Huska (head coach of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets) and André Tourigny (head coach and general manager of the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies).
Dave Cameron, 51, will be a part of the coaching staff for the third consecutive year, having won gold as an assistant coach in 2009 in Ottawa before taking silver as an associate coach in 2010 in Regina/Saskatoon. The Kincora, Prince Edward Island, native has been head coach and director of hockey operations of Mississauga St. Michael’s since the 2007-08 season.
“I am truly honoured and humbled to be named head coach of Canada’s national junior team,” said Cameron. “I look forward to working with the great staff that we have assembled, and our first objective will be to reclaim gold for Canada at the World Juniors.”
Bob Boughner, 39, was the head coach of Canada’s U18 team at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka, leading it to its second-consecutive gold medal. Boughner, an 11-year NHL veteran, has led Windsor to Memorial Cup championships in 2009 and 2010, and was named OHL and CHL coach of the year in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Ryan Huska, 34, will make his international debut behind the bench at the 2011 World Juniors. The head coach of the Rockets since 2007, Huska is a veteran of seven Memorial Cups as both a player and a coach – he won championships as a player with the Kamloops Blazers in 1992, 1994 and 1995 and as an assistant coach with Kelowna in 2004, and also appeared in the tournament as Kelowna’s assistant coach in 2003 and 2005 and as the team’s head coach in 2009.
André Tourigny, 36, will be an assistant coach with Canada’s U20 national team for the second year in a row, having served under Willie Desjardins at the 2010 tournament. The Nicolet, Quebec, native was an assistant coach of Canada’s U18 team for the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka, winning a gold medal. He has been head coach of the Huskies since 2001 and was named QMJHL coach of the year in 2005-06.
“We are very excited about the coaching staff we are naming today for Canada’s national junior team,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s senior director of men’s national teams. “All four of these coaches bring a wealth of experience, and we look forward to working with them this winter in Buffalo.”