Dave Cameron, Mike Yeo join Peters behind the bench in Russia next month
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has asked 2015 world championship-winner Bill Peters to reprise his role with Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship – this time as the team’s head coach.
The Carolina Hurricanes’ bench boss will be joined by Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron, Mike Yeo (North Bay, Ont.), and Hockey Canada’s Misha Donskov (London, Ont.), who will support as assistant coaches. Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Andrew Brewer (Fredericton, N.B.) rounds out the staff as the team’s video coach.
The coaching staff was selected by members of the management group, announced in early March: George McPhee (Guelph, Ont./New York Islanders, NHL), who returns to Team Canada’s world championship management group for the second consecutive year, this time as co-general manager – duties he shares with Brad Treliving (Penticton, B.C./Calgary, NHL); Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL) in the position of senior advisor; and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams.
“This group brings experience and a continuity that will serve us well not only at worlds, but as we look toward the World Cup of Hockey in September,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “There’s been a lot of work done over the last month by the management team to put this coaching staff into place, and more to come as we start pulling together our roster, but I’m confident with the direction and the staff as we look to defend our championship title in May.”
Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta.) is in his second season as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes after spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings. Peters also spent three seasons as head coach of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs from 2008-11, and was head coach of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs from 2005-08, winning the WHL championship and Memorial Cup in 2008. Peters’ international experience includes gold-medal wins as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, and as assistant coach at the 2015 IIHF World Championship. He was also named an assistant coach for Team Canada at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in September.
Dave Cameron (Kinkora, P.E.I.) collected three medals in three years with Canada’s National Junior Team, having won silver as head coach in 2011, silver as an assistant coach in 2010, and gold as an assistant coach in 2009. He also won gold as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2004 Junior World Cup. Cameron joined the Senators in 2011 as an assistant coach, and took the reins as head coach in 2014.
Mike Yeo (North Bay, Ont.) makes his international coaching debut at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. The former IHL and AHL forward has most recently spent over four seasons as head coach of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, following a season as head coach of the AHL’s Houston Aeros. Yeo was an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-10, following his six seasons as an assistant coach with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL.
Misha Donskov (London, Ont.) joined Hockey Canada in 2014 as manager of video and analytics. He worked alongside Peters at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, and was part of the coaching staff for Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2015 and 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships. Donskov spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s, and three seasons as assistant general manager and assistant coach of the London Knights (2009-12), where he won the OHL championship in 2012. Donskov’s NHL experience includes eight years as part of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers organizations, working in a variety of hockey- and community-development roles.
Andrew Brewer (Fredericton, N.B.) was named an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs in June 2015, where he rejoined familiar faces from his previous season with the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to joining the Red Wings in 2014, Brewer spent three years as video manager for Hockey Canada’s national teams, where he was part of the bronze-medal team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, and Canada’s National Men’s Team’s gold-medal performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Canada opens the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, against the United States on Friday, May 6, with preliminary-round games scheduled through Tuesday, May 17. The bronze- and gold-medal games will be hosted in Moscow on Sunday, May 22.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will carry all Team Canada games, including the four quarter-final games, two semifinals, and both medal-round games.
Team Canada went undefeated at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, on its way to its first gold medal in eight years. Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 19 times – not counting the years when Olympic Winter Games gold-medallists were also considered world champions. The country has also collected 11 silver medals and six bronze in that timespan.