Johnston To Coach Team Canada…

mj-podiumHockey Canada has announced that Portland Winter Hawks General Manager and Head Coach Mike Johnston has been named the head coach for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. Canada, the defending champions, open play April 9 in Fargo, North Dakota, against Germany.

The full press release can be found at Hockey Canada’s Web site:



  1. players in the major jr a hockey league in Canada should be able to play ncaa hockey, they should never have been barred, if I remember correctly it was Red Berenson who made it happen, it should be open, the school programs would gain a lot, Jimmy


  3. Hmmm… Jimmy threw in a random thought here… I personally think that Major Junior Hockey is a better place to develop players for the NHL then NCAA Hockey. In looking at the quality of competition and the length of season the CHL overall is better hockey, and for some can be for a longer season.

    The other thing to remember is that most of the players are from Canada and go on to play college hockey in Canada after they are done with the CHL…

    As for Coach Johnston… I think this is a great honor for him and will give him some time to look at potential Euros available for the Euro draft…


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