Team Canada coaches named for Hlinka Gretzky Cup

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
June 12, 2018 - 2:31pm

Hockey Canada has named its coaching staff for the U18 team that will compete at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August.

Gilles Bouchard of the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies will take the reins behind the bench as head coach, while Mitch Love with the Saskatoon Blades and and Ryan Oulahen with the OHL’s Flint Firebirds will serve as assistant coaches during selection camp and at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Bouchard has served as general manager and head coach of the Huskies since the 2013-14 season, winning the QMJHL championship and reaching the Memorial Cup final in Red Deer in 2016. He most recently won a silver medal as head coach of Team Canada Red at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Love was named head coach of the Saskatoon Blades in May after eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Everett Silvertips.

Oulahen just completed his second season with the Firebirds after spending six seasons as an assistant coach with the Brampton/North Bay Battalion.

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup features the best under-18 players from around the globe in a premier best-on-best international hockey tournament.

Edmonton and Red Deer are hosting this year’s tournament from August 6-11 with games also being played in Lacombe, Penhold and Sylvan Lake.

(With file from Hockey Canada media release)

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