Calgary, AB – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the three regional leagues the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League, today announced the coaching staffs for each of the six games of the 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series.
Each of the three regional league teams will be led by members of Canada’s National Junior Team coaching staff including Head Coach Dave Cameron who will coach Team OHL alongside Team Canada Assistant Coach George Burnett. National Junior Team Assistant André Tourigny has been named Head Coach of Team QMJHL, while Assistant Ryan Huska has been named Head Coach of Team WHL.
“This event is a great opportunity for our coaching staffs and our head scout Kevin Prendergast to get to see the players who will attend the National Junior team selection camp in December,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice president of national teams/hockey operations. “This series is very important for us to evaluate players and make decisions on which players could represent Canada in Buffalo this winter.”
Huska is in his fourth season as Head Coach of the Kelowna Rockets and will make his international coaching debut as an Assistant with Team Canada this year. He served as a Team WHL Assistant Coach last year for Game Six of the SUBWAY® Super Series, and has participated in seven Memorial Cup Championships winning four titles including three as a member of the Kamloops Blazers in 1992, 1994, and 1995, and one behind the bench as an Assistant with the Rockets in 2004.
Assisting Huska for both Team WHL games will be Mike Williamson of the Calgary Hitmen, with Guy Charron of the Kamloops Blazers serving behind the bench for Game Five in Kamloops on Wednesday November 17, and Dean Clark of the Prince George Cougars assisting for Game Six in Prince George on Thursday November 18. Williamson led the Hitmen to a WHL Championship title in his first season behind the bench in Calgary after spending 15 years with the Portland Winterhawks as a player and coach. Charron joined the Blazers in November 2009 with 13 years of NHL coaching experience. Clark, a former CHL Coach of the Year in 1998 with the Hitmen, earned bronze as an Assistant Coach with Canada at the 2000 World Junior Championships.
Tourigny returns for his second straight season behind the bench of Team QMJHL and as an Assistant with Team Canada. In his eighth season as Head Coach and General Manager of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, he also served as an Assistant Coach with Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka and was named the QMJHL Coach of the Year in 2005-06.
Assisting Tourigny with Team QMJHL will be Gerard Gallant of the Saint John Sea Dogs for Game One of the series hosted in Saint John on Monday November 8, with Mario Duhamel of the Drummondville Voltigeurs assisting for Game Two of the series in Drummondville on Wednesday November 10. Gallant is the reigning QMJHL and CHL Coach of the Year, while Duhamel served as an Assistant Coach for Team Quebec at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.
Cameron, in his eighth season and fourth straight as Head Coach and General Manager of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors returns for a third straight season as a coach for Team OHL. He also returns for a third straight year behind the bench for Team Canada serving as an Assistant Coach in 2009 where he won gold, before capturing silver last season as an Associate Coach for Willie Desjardins. Burnett is in his seventh straight season as Head Coach and General Manager of the Belleville Bulls. He recently served as Head Coach of Canada’s National Under-18 Team at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships before winning gold this past summer at the 2010 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
Assisting Cameron and Burnett for Team OHL will be Dale Hunter of the London Knights for Game Three of the series in London on Thursday November 11, with Trent Cull of the Sudbury Wolves serving as an Assistant for Game Four in Sudbury on Monday November 15. Hunter was named OHL Coach of the Year last season, while Cull is currently in his first OHL season as Head Coach in Sudbury.
All three regional league rosters will be announced individually this week.
The 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors, Bank of Montreal and CCM. All games will be broadcast nationally on Rogers Sportsnet with the two QMJHL games shown on RDS.
For more information about the event and tickets please visit www.subwaysuperseries.com
2010 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:
Game 1 – Monday November 8 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Wednesday November 10 at Drummondville, QC
Game 3 – Thursday November 11 at London, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 15 at Sudbury, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 17 at Kamloops, BC
Game 6 – Thursday November 18 at Prince George, BC
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