Lindy Ruff to coach Canada at worlds

Lindy Ruff has been named to coach Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championships next month....

Lindy Ruff has been named to coach Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championships next month. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency/Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:50 PM ET

Hockey Canada has officially named former long-time Buffalo Sabres bench boss Lindy Ruff as Team Canada's head coach for the 2013 IIHF World Championships.

Wednesday’s announcement comes a little more than two weeks ahead of the tournament, which runs May 3-19 in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland.

Ruff, who was fired by the Sabres in February following 15 seasons at the helm, won a gold medal as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

The 53-year-old will be assisted next month by Doug Shedden, who’s currently coaching Swiss A League club EV Zug.

Canada finds itself in Group S alongside the Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Belarus and Slovenia, from which the top four advance to the tournament’s quarterfinals next month.


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