MacT to join Team Canada staff

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

General manager Kevin Lowe won't be lending his experience to Canada's entry at the World Championships, but Edmonton Oilers' brass will still be well represented next month in Austria.

Craig MacTavish is expected to be added to Canada's coaching staff as early as today.

The Oilers bench boss has already worked with national team coach Marc Habscheid, teaming up at the Loto Cup in Slovakia last December, and would love to do so again.

Especially in a prestigious event like the Worlds. "I'd jump at the chance if it came," said MacTavish, adding he hasn't been offered anything yet.

"It would be another great experience in a tremendous hockey atmosphere."

Habscheid, a former Oiler himself, spoke in glowing terms about MacTavish when he added him to the Loto lineup.

"He brings a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach that will add a great dimension to our team."

- Oilers defenceman Steve Staios is gearing up for Heritage Classic II. They're not actually calling it that, but the April 2 outdoor game at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton will be cut from the same cloth, only warmer.

"The guys who were organizing it called me up and asked me to be a captain of one of the teams," said Staios, who grew up in the Steel City. "I'm looking forward to it. Hamilton is an important place to me and I feel I need to give back, and obviously I have a lot of time on my hands."

They're hoping to raise $100,000 for Camp Trillium, a camp for cancer kids and their families.

"We have a great group of players, Doug Gilmour is going to be front and centre in recruiting guys and has been able to draw a great amount of star players," said Staios. "I think it's going to be a great event."


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