WARRIORS’ HUNTER NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM
Montreal, QC – Hockey Canada announced the coaching staff for Canada’s National Junior Team at a news conference today ahead of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship which is slated to begin this December on home ice in Montreal and Toronto. Moose Jaw Warriors Head Coach Tim Hunter has been named an assistant coach.
Dominique Ducharme (Drummondville, QMJHL) was named the team’s head coach, while Misha Donskov (Hockey Canada) and WHL coaching graduate Kris Knoblauch (Erie, OHL) were both named assistant coaches alongside Hunter.
Hunter is entering his third season as head coach of the Warriors, last season he led the team to a regular season record of 36-27-7-2 and a berth in the second round of the 2016 WHL Playoffs, marking the team’s first trip to the second round since 2012. In two years with the Warriors he has an overall record of record of 68-62-11-3.
Hunter won a bronze medal with Canada’s National Under-18 Team at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship, and is fresh off his second season as head coach of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors. Prior to joining the Warriors, Hunter coached more than 1,000 games over 14 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, and San Jose Sharks. As a player he appeared in 815 NHL games over 16 seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, the Sharks, and he won the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989.
The announcement was made by Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, and Joël Bouchard and Tim Speltz (Spokane, WHL) of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence management group. Bouchard and Speltz worked with Hockey Canada’s hockey operations staff, as well as the Canadian Hockey League, to make the coaching selections.