National team brain trust

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush will be well represented at the World Indoor Lacrosse championships next May.

Yesterday Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day, president Duane Vienneau and owner Bruce Urban were named to the Canadian national team.

Day will serve as the national team's assistant GM in the west, while Vienneau and Urban will be part of the management committee.

The world championships - which take place every four years - will be held in Halifax, N.S., following the conclusion of the 2007 National Lacrosse League season.

"This is a great opportunity for us to be involved in bringing international exposure to our sport." Vienneau said in a statement. "We're honoured to be chosen and look forward to the challenge of building a world championship team."

The Rush open the season on Jan. 6 when they host the Philadelphia Wings at Rexall Place.

MAMMOTH ONSIDE

Colorado Mammoth coach Gary Gait and GM Steve Govett will perform similar roles with the indoor team, Team Canada chairman John Mouradian announced yesterday.

Gait, a native of Victoria, captained Canada to gold at the world field championship last summer in London, Ont. He did not participate when Canada won the inaugural indoor title in 2003. Gait coached the Mammoth to the National Lacrosse League title last May.

Govett, a native of Burnaby, B.C., and a citizen of both Canada and the United States, played for Canada in the field championship in 1994 and 1998. He was general manager of the 2003 U.S. entry in the indoor tournament. The tournament features the world's top eight teams.

"Selecting Gary as head coach of the team was just another natural progression for Gary's career in lacrosse," said Mouradian.


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