Ducks general manager Bob Murray will be part of the management team assisting former Ducks executive Dave Nonis for the upcoming IIHF World Championship, Hockey Canada announced Thursday. The tournament will take place April 29-May 15 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.
Nonis, currently the senior vice president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the GM. Recently retired defenseman Rob Blake and Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations/national teams, will also be part of the management team.
“I’m honored to represent Canada at the World Championships,” Murray said in a statement. “I hope to be able to support Dave as best I can and look forward to putting the team together.”
Prior to joining the Maple Leafs front office, Nonis was the Anaheim Ducks’ senior advisor of hockey operations from June to December 2008. He left for Toronto with Brian Burke after Burke accepted the Maple Leafs’ general manager position.
According to Hockey Canada, the four managers have started scouting and evaluating players and staff with the expectation of naming its staff, including coaches, in March and players in early April. Additional players could also be added after the first round of the NHL playoffs.
The team will assemble in Europe on April 22, and play in two pre-competition games, on April 24 vs. France in Paris and on April 27 vs. the Czech Republic in Prague. Canada will be based in Kosice, Slovakia for the preliminary round.