The Team Europe entry in next September's World Cup of Hockey has added a Canadian, Paul Maurice, to its coaching staff, the team announced Thursday.
Maurice is in his third season as the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets and, in addition to a long NHL coaching history, has coached in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. He will join the staff of Ralph Krueger, another Canadian, who was announced as Team Europe's head coach earlier in the fall. Krueger likewise has a long international career, having been the head coach of the Swiss national team for many years.
Another assistant coach will be added at a later date.
Team Europe will be composed of players from European nations not represented in the eight-team tournament such as Austria, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany and Slovenia, and is expected to include Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa, Anze Kopitar and Thomas Vanek.
The team also announced its scouting staff, which includes Slovak great Peter Bondra and former Canadian Olympic and NHL netminder Sean Burke. Czech great and longtime pro scout Vaclav Nedomansky was named as a scout, as were longtime NHL executives Lorne Henning and Rick Olczyk, who are Canadian and American, respectively.
The moves were announced Thursday by team president Franz Reindl, who is the head of the German Ice Hockey Federation, and former Slovak national team captain Miroslav Satan, who is the general manager of Team Europe.