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Tippett to coach Canada at Worlds

Apr 17, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

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Just days after Peter Laviolette was named coach of the U.S. team for the 2014 World Hockey Championship, Canada announced that Phoenix bench boss Dave Tippett would be its coach for the tournament, which will take place in Belarus from May 9-24.

“When you get an opportunity to coach for your country, you can never pass that up,” Tippett said, per the Arizona Republic. “That being said, I’d much rather be in the playoffs coaching our guys. But if the situation comes and you’re not busy, it’s an honor to go and coach for your country.”

Tippett has twice represented Canada in a coaching capacity — at the 2009 and 2013 Worlds, both times serving as an assistant under Lindy Ruff. The ’09 team was the last Canadian group to medal at the Worlds, capturing silver after losing 2-1 to Russia in the final.

Last year, Tippett signed a five-year contract extension with the Coyotes reportedly worth $10 million.



  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Code,,,,,,,for loser !

  2. muckleflugga - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    i’ve never associated dave tippet’s name with the term loser

    this tournament is given greater weight than is the stanley cup tournament, outside of north america

    tippet is held in high esteem internationally as coach, and as player

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Greater weight? How so?

  3. muckleflugga - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM


    based on extensive travel in britain and europe when trying to find hockey news, i’ve never been able to find even a remote reference to the nhl, even during cup finals

    it doesn’t happen in television or print … soccer, soccer pools, horse racing, cricket, skiing, volleyball, golf, darts and lawn bowling are covered extensively … no one knows or cares about the nhl because the nhl is removed from their particular breed of hype-fest

    europeans grade everything according to importance in europe … we’re all viewed as a bunch of johhny-come-lately uncultured savages generally –watch the nhl on any given night you’ll see that perception reinforced time and again

    in europe and britain, domestic competitions are trumped by champions’ league competitions trumped again by world cup competitions trumped again by olympics competitions … world cup soccer and olympics occur every four years, elevating their import to the stratosphere

    were it noticed in europe, the nhl would be viewed as a domestic competition … canada and the united states are seen as one, seen as america … you only had to see the thinly disguised contempt demonstrated by olympic officials toward gary bettman when he was was grasping for credibility while claiming a stanley cup ring rated with an olympic gold medal

    they were all laughing behind their hands at bettman whom they view as a money-grubbing chancer … bargaining for a piece of the olympics pie, not for players but for equally grasping nhl owners

    hockey world championships garner attention weighted accordingly, but only of interest in european hockey nations and traditionally by club teams from canada … russia, known to have produced a player or two, doesn’t rate the nhl beyond simple club competition relative to local city leagues … the khl rates higher because it’s the equivalent of a european championship

    olympics and world championships carry massive propaganda appeal whereas the nhl is a place to make some big money … europeans can’t wait to get home when the regular season ends … those in the playoffs say all the right things but they’re all thinking of home

    billions are frozen watching world cup soccer and olympics … if you get twelve million watching nhl playoffs you’ve done well

    news coverage follows that weighting in proportion

    tippett and others like him recognize the attending prestige and jump at opportunity to put that line in a career’s resumé

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Thats two minutes of my life Ill never get back !

      • gbrim - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        We only wasted ten seconds on your first comment on the thread. So, good for you!!

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