This is DeBoer’s first stint as an Olympic coach, but not his first time behind the bench for Canada. He was on the staff for Canada’s 2015 World Championship gold medal, as well as in 2014 and 2010. He also helped coach the 2005 World Junior Championship team that won gold.
In addition, Golden Knights Director of Hockey Operations Misha Donskov was also named Team Canada’s special assistant of coaching operations.
DeBoer could see a lot of familiar faces playing for Team Canada in Beijing. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was on the 2014 team that won gold in Sochi. Mark Stone and Shea Theodore have been repeatedly tagged as likely candidates to don the red and white.
It is still not official whether or not the NHL will allow its players to participate in the 2022 Beijing Games. Negotiations are still underway with the International Olympic Committee to confirm the league’s participation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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