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Report: Ruff to coach Team Canada at Worlds

Apr 16, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

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Former Buffalo Sabres bench boss Lindy Ruff is in line to coach Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championships, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Ruff, 53, was fired by the Sabres in February after getting off to a disappointing 6-10-1 start.

Prior to his dismissal, he was the NHL’s longest-serving coach (hired on July 21, 1997) and took Buffalo to four Eastern Conference finals and the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.

In 2006, he captured the Jack Adams trophy as the league’s best coach.

It’s not a surprise Hockey Canada appointed Ruff for the World Championships.

In 2010, he was part of the coaching staff that helped Canada win Olympic gold  in Vancouver.

Ruff also led Team Canada to silver at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland,¬†and turned down an invite to coach the 2012 entry. (The ’12 gig eventually went to Brent Sutter, who was assisted by Carolina’s Kirk Muller and former Bolts coach Guy Boucher).

The 2013 Worlds will take place in Sweden and Finland from May 3-19. Canada, who finished fifth at the 2012 tournament, is in a group with the Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Belarus and Slovenia.

The defending champion Russians are in a group with Finland, Slovakia, USA, Germany, Latvia, France and Austria.

  1. jgramza48 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    It’s good to see Lindy Ruff coaching again

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Late tournament additions of Iginla and Toews will complement the gang of Oiler players already expected to contribute…

    Lindy can acquaint himself with those Oiler players he’ll be coaching in September…will he be in the Oiler stable before the draft?

    Probably, sorry Ralph…

  3. pugsley927 - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Worst. Coach. Ever.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      pugsley worst coach ever? Then why was he the longest serving coach in the NHL when he was let go.

  4. Helper Sports - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Let him coach , I dont see a problem with Lindy coaching Canada.

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