Hockey Canada names coaches for 2015 World Junior Championship

Thursday, 12.06.2014 / 10:19 AM
Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

CALGARY, AB -- On Thursday morning, Hockey Canada named Gatineau Olympiques' Benoit Groulx head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Former Flames assistant coach Dave Lowry and Scott Walker will serve as assistant coaches at the tournament, which will be held Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto.

Groulx, who is in his second stint as the Olympiques head coach and just finished up his ninth season as Gatineau's bench boss, has World Junior experience as he was Brent Sutter's asssitant coach during the 2014 World Junior Championship. He also acted as Sutter's assistant coach during the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series.

Groulx also was named as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2009 World Junior Championship, before stepping down to accept a coaching position with the AHL’s Rochester Americans.

This will be Lowry's first World Junior Championship coaching experience. Earlier this year, he wrapped up his second season as head coach of the WHL's Victoria Royals. He led the Royals to a 48-20-4 record this past year and was named the WHL's Coach of the Year for his efforts.

Prior to heading to Victoria, he was an assistant coach with the Flames for three years. The Sudbury, ON native kicked off his coaching career with the Calgary Hitmen, serving as an assistant coach for three years and head coach for one campaign.

Lowry was named head coach of Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team in 2009, but had to withdraw after he was named as an assistant coach with the Flames.

Walker has been the head coach of the OHL's Guelph Storm for the past four seasons and this year, he and his squad captured the OHL Championship.

He has been involved with Hockey Canada in the past, winning gold with 2012 Ivan Hlinka team as an assistant coach, capturing a bronze medal as an assistant coach at the 2012 World Junior Championship, and he has represented Canada on three occasions as a player at the World Championship, winning a silver medal in 2005.

Hockey Canada has also announced the dates for it's World Junior summer development camp. The annual camp will run in Montreal from Aug. 3-9 and will feature games against U20 teams from the Czech Republic and Russia.

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