Gallant to coach Canada national team at 2021 World Championship


Gerard Gallant will coach Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Championship.

It will be Gallant’s first coaching job since he was fired as coach of the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 15, 2020.

Mike Kelly and Andre Tourigny were named assistants.

“We are fortunate to lean on the professional and executive experience that all three gentlemen will bring as Canada gets set for the IIHF World Championship in Latvia,” Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney said. “Gerard and Mike have worked together both at the NHL and junior level and have an understanding of what it takes to compete and win. Andre complements them with his extensive coaching resume and recent experience at the World Juniors.

“We believe we have selected a group that will build on each other’s strengths and provide exceptional leadership, with input from [general manager] Roberto [Luongo] and the Olympic management group, as our team prepares to compete for a gold medal.”

The tournament is scheduled to be played May 21-June 6, in Riga, Latvia. Canada looks to finish first for the first time since 2016.

Gallant was the first coach of the Golden Knights and led Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017-18, where it lost to the Washington Capitals in five games. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2018. The 57-year-old is 270-216-51 with four ties in 541 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Golden Knights.

He was an assistant when Canada won the World Championship in 2007, and when it finished second in 2017.

Kelly was an assistant under Gallant with Florida and Vegas.

Tourigny coached Canada to a second-place finish at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, and will return as coach for the 2022 WJC. He also is coach of Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League.

Luongo, who played for Gallant with the Panthers (2014-17), was named general manager for Canada on April 20.

Canada will play in Group B at the 16-team tournament, along with Finland, the United States, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Italy and Kazakhstan. Group A consists of Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark, Belarus and Great Britain.

Canada finished second at the 2019 World Championship. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

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