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Julien joins in to lead Canada's men's ice hockey team in Beijing

Julien joins in to lead Canada's men's ice hockey team in Beijing

Claude Julien was named head coach of the Canadian men's ice hockey team for the Beijing Winter Games on Friday as Hockey Canada prepares to rebuild a squad after the National Hockey League has withdrawn from the Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns.

Jon Cooper, a former NHL coach of the year and a Stanley Cup winner, has been appointed to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning until the NHL decided in December it would not send players.

With more than 100 games postponed, the NHL will utilize the Olympic window to clear the backlog.

Hockey Canada's chief executive officer said in a statement that "we are pleased to announce our highly experienced management group and coaching staff."

"With less than a month until the men's tournament begins at the Olympics, we are thrilled to continue working with the entire team as it prepares to represent Canada and establish a roster that Canadians can support as it prepares to bring home an Olympic gold medal."

Shane Doan, a member of Team Canada in the 2006 Turin Olympics and six world championship teams, has been appointed as general manager.

After the NHL withdrawal, Doan faces the immediate challenge of assembling a team from the European and Minor Leagues.

On Thursday, the United States announced that their Beijing team, which was mainly comprised of college players, would have a roster stocked with all-stars.

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