Luongo named general manager of Canada national team for 2021 Worlds

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Roberto Luongo was named general manager of the Canada men’s ice hockey team that will compete at the 2021 IIHF World Championship.

Luongo is in his second season as special adviser to Florida Panthers GM Bill Zito after playing 19 seasons in the NHL, including 11 for the Panthers. He will oversee and lead all hockey operations, including staff and player selection and evaluation.

Assisting Luongo will be Shane Doan and Scott Salmond.

The tournament is scheduled to be played May 21-June 6, in Riga, Latvia. Canada looks to finish first for the first time since 2016.

“Hockey Canada is excited to have Roberto lead our management group at the IIHF World Championship this year, and to continue to work with our entire Olympic management team as we continue to prepare for the 2022 Olympics,” Hockey Canada chief executive officer Tom Renney said. “We are also fortunate to have Shane and Scott contribute as assistant general managers. Both individuals bring a wealth of experience to Canada’s national men’s team. Roberto, Shane and Scott bring a strong combination of NHL and international experience, both on and off the ice, and they will complement each other as we work towards building a team that can compete for a gold medal.”

Luongo will make his international management debut. He also is an assistant to GM Doug Armstrong (St. Louis Blues) for Canada for the 2022 Beijing Olympics and was named to oversee a new goaltending excellence department established by the Panthers on Dec. 16. His 489 wins are third in NHL history behind Martin Brodeur (691) and Patrick Roy (551), and his No. 1 became the first jersey retired by Florida on March 7, 2020. Luongo played at Worlds four times, helping Canada finish first in 2003 and 2004 and second in 2005. He also helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Doan was hired by the Arizona Coyotes as chief hockey development officer Jan. 11. He was part of the management group that helped Canada win the 2019 Spengler Cup and was a consultant at the 2019 Worlds. He played for two first-place teams at Worlds (2003, 2007) and spent his entire 21-season NHL career with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise. He played 1,540 games, tied for 17th in NHL history, and scored 972 points (402 goals, 570 assists). Doan had his No. 19 retired by the Coyotes on Feb. 24, 2019, the first player so honored by the franchise.

Salmond is Hockey Canada senior vice president of national teams. He also is an assistant GM for the 2022 Olympics.

Canada will play in Group B at the 16-team tournament, along with Finland, the United States, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Italy and Kazakhstan. Group A consists of Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark, Belarus and Great Britain.

Canada finished second at the 2019 Worlds. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

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