Hitchcock to lead Canadian hockey team

April 1, 2008 at 1:22 PM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 1 (UPI) -- Ken Hitchcock, the coach of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, has been selected to coach the Canadian team at next month's hockey World Championships.

Hitchcock has represented Canada at several international competitions. He was an associate coach for Team Canada at the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games, winning the gold medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, and helped Canada win the World Cup of Hockey Tournament in 2004 as an associate coach.

Hitchcock has a record of 470-311-117 in 898 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars. He guided Dallas to the 1999 Stanley Cup title, and when the Blue Jackets visit St. Louis on Saturday, he will become the 20th head coach in NHL history to record 900 games behind the bench.

"Getting to be a part of Hockey Canada is a great honor, especially any time you get to work with a Canadian team on home ice in front of Canadian fans," Hitchcock said.

The 2008 hockey World Championships are scheduled for May 2-18 in the Canadian cites of Halifax and Quebec City.

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