Rob Cookson to serve as assistant coach for Canada’s National Men’s Team at holiday tournament
CALGARY, Alta. – Guy Boucher (Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Que.) will return as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2015 Spengler Cup, Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland.
Boucher will be joined behind the bench by Lacombe, Alta., native Rob Cookson in the role of assistant coach.
“Guy and Rob bring a range of experience and familiarity with our program, which I know will prove valuable to the team,” said Shawn Bullock, senior manager of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada. “We’re just over a month away from the official puck drop, and we’re looking forward to working with our director of player personnel, George McPhee, to put together a winning team to compete at the championship.”
Guy Boucher won gold as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also served as assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team program three times, at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championship, 2007 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka summer tournament and 2006 IIHF World U18 Championship. He has also been head coach of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010-13, AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs in 2009-10, and QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs from 2006-09. He was named QMJHL personality of the year in 2008-09, and AHL coach of the year in 2009-10. He was most recently head coach of SC Bern of the Swiss National League A.
Rob Cookson makes his return to Team Canada, having served as assistant coach seven times at the IIHF World Championship, winning gold in 2003 and 1997. He was an assistant coach with Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and was a video technician for Team Canada at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, winning a silver medal. Cookson won gold as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team on four occasions, in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2004. Cookson spent three seasons as video coach with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, and served as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames from 2001-11 before joining the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A as assistant coach in 2012.
Canada has appeared in 10 of the last 14 championship games at the Spengler Cup, winning the tournament in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2012. Overall, Canada’s National Men’s Team has won the Spengler Cup 12 times (1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012) since first taking part in 1984.