Veteran NHL coach Gerard Gallant has been called Canada's head coach for the approaching world hockey championship in Riga, Latvia.

Hockey Canada said in a release Wednesday that Mike Kelly and Andre Tourigny will sign up with Gallant behind Canada's bench as assistant coaches.

Gallant, from Summerside, P.E.I., was an assistant coach with Canada's gold-medal-winning team at the 2007 world championship and its runner-up squad at the 2017 competition.

He has coached for nearly 2 decades in the NHL, consisting of stints as head coach with Columbus (2004-06), Florida (2014-17) and Vegas (2017-20).

He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2017-18 after assisting the Golden Knights to a Stanley Cup last look in the franchise's very first season.

Canada has 26 gold medals at the world championship, with the last being available in 2016.

"We are fortunate to lean on the executive and professional experience that all 3 gentlemen will bring as Canada readies for the IIHF World Championship in Latvia," Tom Renney, president of Hockey Canada, said in a release. "Gerard and Mike have actually worked together both at the NHL and junior level and have an understanding of what it requires to contend and win. Andre complements them with his substantial coaching resume and current experience at the World Juniors."

Kelly coached Canada's under-18 Team to a gold medal at the 2003 world U18 championship and was an assistant coach at the world junior championship on 3 celebrations (2000, 2001, 2002).

He worked as an assistant coach to Gallant in both Vegas (2017-20) and Florida (2014-17).

Tourigny just recently coached Canada to a silver medal at the 2021 world junior championship.

Canada opens the world championship on May 21 at Arena Riga versus host Latvia.


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