Jim Hulton's baby boy won't remember anything from the 2005 world junior championship but his dad wouldn't mind one memento from the tournament to share with his son. "It would be the perfect culmination to what has been a memorable year for me," Hulton, an assistant coach with Canada, said of winning a gold medal. "If you could wrap it up with a gold, especially with what we went through a year ago, it would be pretty special."
Hulton also was an assistant last winter in Finland when Canada was gutted in the final by the U.S.
Coach of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, Hulton, who turns 36 on Jan. 7, was joined here in Grand Forks, N.D., by his wife, Kristina, and son, James, a few days ago. Young James was born last June 23.
"It has been an eventful year with the arrival of him and it offers a lot of perspective, which all coaches need at times," Hulton said. "(Being a father) has been good for me because it has forced me to get my mind off the game as soon as I get home."
Hulton, who also coached with Canada's under-18 program, would get consideration to coach the world junior team next winter in Vancouver. But he is not yet sure whether he will apply for the job.
"If I get nothing else out of this program, I am still the luckiest guy in Canada for having been involved for four years," Hulton said. "(Hockey Canada) owes me absolutely nothing."