Hockey Canada on Thursday announced that experienced NHL coach Marc Crawford will be behind the bench to lead the country's entry at the Spengler Cup in December.

Crawford, 50, will be assisted at the tournament in Switzerland by Doug Shedden and Trent Yawney, both former NHL players who've gone on to coaching careers.

"The coaches we have named today have experience at all levels, from the NHL to the Spengler Cup and Olympics," said Brad Pascall, vice-president of hockey operations/national teams for Hockey Canada. "We are confident they have what it takes to bring the Spengler Cup back to Canada."

Crawford won a Stanley Cup in 1995 as coach of the Colorado Avalanche and has racked up 549 career regular season wins, good for 11th all-time.

Crawford last coached in the playoffs in 2003-04 with Vancouver, going on to two-season stints in both Los Angeles and Dallas. He was let go by the Stars after they missed a chance to qualify for the playoffs on the final day of the season.

The Spengler Cup, which pits pro clubs from Europe and North America, has been in existence since 1923.

Canada's team will be made of players currently suiting up for European clubs, as well as some loaned from American Hockey League clubs.

The team will begin competition on Boxing Day against Czech team HC Vitkovice.

Canada has not won the Spengler since 2007.