GATINEAU – Hockey Canada announced it will work with an experienced coaching staff to guide Canada’s National Junior Team through the 2021-22 season, culminating with the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., in December and January.
Dave Cameron (Kinkora, P.E.I./Ottawa, OHL) has been named head coach, replacing André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que.), who was named head coach of the Arizona Coyotes on July 1. In addition, Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) will return as an assistant coach; he will be joined by assistants Louis Robitaille (Montreal, Que./Gatineau, QMJHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), and goaltending consultant Olivier Michaud (Beloeil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL).
Louis Robitaille was named head coach and general manager of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in April 2020 after four seasons as head coach of the Victoriaville Tigres, five seasons as an assistant coach with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and one as an assistant with the Val-d’Or Foreurs. Robitaille was the head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also the head coach of Team Canada Red (2018) and an assistant coach with Team Canada Black (2017) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and won a bronze medal as an assistant coach at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship.
When asked to comment on his nomination, the Olympiques’ coach was obviously very happy.
It is an honour and a privilege for me to represent my country in such a high level competition and to have the unique opportunity to play this championship on Canadian ground. I am very grateful to Hockey Canada for the trust they have shown in me.
Meanwhile, Hockey Canada announced that Olympiques forward Zach Dean has received an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp, which runs from July 28 to August 4.
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice this winter, with Edmonton and Red Deer set to co-host the annual holiday tradition from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022. Games will be played at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and at the Peavey Mart Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.