Hockey Canada has announced that Jeff Tomlinson will be Canada’s coach when the team heads to Germany for the Deutschland Cup in early November.
Tomlinson isn’t a stranger to German hockey. Currently the coach of Berlin in the DEL, the 44 year-old Winnipeg native has also coached the Nürnberg Ice Tigers and Düsseldorfer EG in the past couple of seasons. A former forward with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders, Tomlinson spent a large part of his career playing with Timmendorf Strand EC and Berlin Polar Bears during his professional career.
Hockey Canada also announced that Serge Aubin and Mike Stewart would serve as assistant coaches. Aubin, currently a coach with the Hamburg Freezers, was a veteran of 374 games over seven NHL seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers from 1999-2006. Additionally, Aubin represented Canada three times at the annual Spengler Cup tournament, helping the team win gold back in 2007.
Stewart is currently the head coach with the Fischtown Pinguins, the reigning champions from the DEL2 league in Germany. A former 13th overall pick by the New York Rangers, Stewart also represented Team Canada at one point, suiting up for the Canadian National Team during the 1996-97 season following a multi-year AHL career.
Following a one year hiatus, Canada will return to the Deutschland Cup for the first time since their fourth place effort back in 2012. Hoping to become the second straight champion from North America (USA won it in 2013), Canada has won the tournament four times prior, with the last tournament victory coming back in 2008.
The tournament is set to take place from Nov. 7-9 in Munich, Germany.
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