Canada’s coaching staff for the men’s hockey team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi will look very familiar.
Detroit Red Wings’ bench boss Mike Babcock has been named Canada’s head coach for the second consecutive Olympics, while the St. Louis Blues’ Ken Hitchcock, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien will assist him, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.
The only difference between this group and the one that won gold on home soil in Vancouver in 2010 is that former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger will have a role with the staff.
Canada is slated to open the Games on Feb. 13, 2014 when it takes on Norway, followed by a matchup with Austria the next day. Babcock’s group will complete the round robin on Feb. 16 with what looks to be a crucial battle against Finland.
Hockey Canada will also put out invitations to orientation camp tomorrow…camp is in Calgary, last week in August.