Canada promotes assistant coach Dennis Williams to guide world junior squad
Thursday, November 10, 2022
by: The Canadian Press

Section: Member News

Former assistant coach Dennis Williams, who helped Canada win gold at the 2022 world junior hockey championship, will lead the staff for the upcoming 2023 tournament.

Assistant coaches Stéphane Julien, Brent Kisio and Alan Letang will be joining Williams on Canada's bench. Goaltending consultant Kelly Guard and video coach James Emery are also on Williams' staff.

"We are thrilled to welcome back Dennis and James Boyd following a gold medal at the 2022 World Juniors to help bring momentum and consistency from our success in the summer," Alan Millar, Hockey Canada director of player personnel, stated in a news release.

"We are also excited to welcome Stéphane, Brent, Alan, Kelly and James Emery, as each coach brings a wealth of experience and success from the Canadian Hockey League and international levels. We believe we have assembled a world-class coaching staff that will play a large part in defending our gold medal on the East Coast starting next month."

Williams, the head coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips, was part of Dave Cameron's staff for Canada's team that won a rare summer tournament in Edmonton with a 3-2 win over Finland in the August 20 gold-medal game.

He won a silver medal as an assistant with Canada's summer under-18 team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and served as head coach of Canada Black at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The 2022 championship was postponed from its normal time due to an outbreak of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Canada's junior team will hold a training camp December 9-12 in Moncton, N.B., before selecting a final roster for the world junior championship.

The tournament starts December 26 through January 5, 2023.

via CBC Sports — Hockey / The Canadian Press

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