World junior coach Benoit Groulx has 'world-class' plan

Benoit Groulx was named Canada's world junior head coach for the 2015 tournament in Montreal on...

Benoit Groulx was named Canada's world junior head coach for the 2015 tournament in Montreal on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Jocelyn Malette/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:39 PM ET

Benoit Groulx is happy to take care of some unfinished business.

Six years after Groulx had to step away from the head-coaching job with Canada’s junior team, the 46-year-old is back, his only goal to get Canada on top of the under-20 hockey world after five years of futility.

And Groulx, who was an assistant coach on Brent Sutter’s staff in Sweden, has a clear vision of how to accomplish that.

“We know these are the future players in the NHL, but what we have to know is who can adapt, who can elevate their game, who can practise and play out of their comfort zone, because being just a 100-point Canadian Hockey League first-liner doesn’t work anymore,” Groulx said on Thursday during a telephone interview with QMI Agency from Montreal.

“To me, an elite player can adapt. That’s sometimes the difference between an elite player and a good player.

“We have to build a team with world-class players. That’s a player who is self-motivated, self-driven, relentless, the player wants to make a difference, will accept any role, a player with that attitude.”


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