Team Canada will have some Boston flavor on its coaching staff, as Hockey Canada has announced that Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy will be an assistant coach for Team Canada’s men’s hockey team at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Cassidy will serve as an assistant coach along with Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer and Islanders head coach Barry Trotz, while the Lightning’s Jon Cooper will serve as the team’s head coach.
The chance to help coach his home country comes after a four-plus year run that’s seen Boston win the second-most games in the NHL (194) and boast the league’s second-best point percentage (.677) since Cassidy took over for Claude Julien as the Bruins’ head coach in Feb. 2017. (Cooper’s Bolts are the only team better than the Bruins in both stats, by the way.) Cassidy also took home the 2019-20 Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach.
Cassidy will not be the B’s only off-ice member of Team Canada, as Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was named of the team’s assistant general managers earlier this year.
The Black and Gold representation on Team Canada will likely go beyond Cassidy and Sweeney, too, with Boston top liners Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand obvious contenders to once again skate for Team Canada after their strong performance with Sidney Crosby on their line at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
The 2022 Beijing Olympics are currently scheduled to take place Feb. 3 through Feb. 20 at the National Indoor Stadium and the Wukesong Sports Center.
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