Lindy Ruff to coach Canada at worlds
CALGARY, Alberta -- Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will be behind Canada's bench for the world hockey championship next month in Stockholm and Helsinki.
LeBrun: Ruff's Landing
It's not the NHL, but coaching Team Canada will put Lindy Ruff back behind a players' bench, where he belongs, Pierre LeBrun writes. Blog
Ruff was fired by the Sabres on Feb. 20, ending a 16-year run as the team's coach. He coached Canada to a silver medal in the 2009 world championship and was an associate coach under Mike Babcock on Canada's 2010 gold-medal Olympic team.
"I said I want to coach," Ruff said Wednesday. "You're out of it a short period of time and you miss it. When you look at all the playoff races around and you're sitting on the outside, it's a hard thing to do as a coach. I'm excited to get back it. I had two great experiences working with Team Canada and really want to make this a third. Any time you get around world-class players, it helps you as a coach."
Doug Shedden will be one of Ruff's assistant coaches. Shedden coached Canada to a gold medal at the 2012 Spengler Cup and also coached Finland to a bronze medal in the 2008 world championship. He currently coaches EV Zug in the Swiss A League.
Canada finished fifth at the 2012 world championship under Brent Sutter.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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