The 71-year-old has more than 20 years of NHL experience as a former assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks. In the early ‘90s he has also been involved with Canada’s national junior team, winning one gold medal (1993) as head coach and two (1990, 1991) as an assistant coach.
More recently Pearn was on the coaching staff of several Canadian women’s senior and U18 national teams including the head coach position at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship where Canada won bronze.
Perry will be responsible for the Japanese men’s national team and the U20 men’s national team.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to coach the Japanese national team,” Pearn said. “I supported the national team at their camp in Edmonton in July and was able to see the talented players and the quality of the staff. That experience and the trust I have developed over the years with former coach Rick Carrier led to this opportunity, and I am very pleased and grateful for it. I look forward to continuing and building on what Rick and the coaches have established. It is my sincere hope that I can be a part of the development of ice hockey in Japan.”
Japan has been playing at Division IB level for the past few years and hopes to move up as top-seeded team at the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B that will be held in Tallinn from 23 to 29 April 2023. Beside host Estonia and Japan, Ukraine, China, Serbia and the Netherlands will compete at the event.