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Dave Lowry named Canadian world junior coach

By Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun

Dave Lowry holds up a Team Canada hockey sweater. (QMI Agency)

Dave Lowry holds up a Team Canada hockey sweater. (QMI Agency)

Dave Lowry helped Canada win gold this past winter at the world junior as an assistant coach.

The former NHLer will get an opportunity to lead Canada down the same path at the 2016 world junior championship in Helsinki.

Hockey Canada on Monday named Lowry head coach of Canada’s world junior team. Canada, with Lowry on head coach Benoit Groulx’s staff, won gold in Toronto in January after going five years without winning the tournament.

In Helsinki, Lowry, who coaches the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League, will have Dominique Ducharme, Martin Raymond and D.J. Smith as his assistants with the world junior team.

Canada opens the 2016 tournament on Dec. 26 against the United States. Six players who helped Canada win gold this year — forwards Connor McDavid, Brayden Point, Jake Virtanen, Lawson Crouse and Robby Fabbri and defenceman Joe Hicketts — are eligible to play in the tournament next winter. McDavid will be in the NHL, but the other five are expected to be back.

Hockey Canada also named Kelly McCrimmon head coach of the national under-18 team. McCrimmon’s assistants will be Sheldon Keefe and Darren Rumble.

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca

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