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Pat Quinn coached Canada to the gold medal at the 2002 Winter Games. ((Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press))

Pat Quinn will be back behind the bench later this month as coach of Team Canada at the Spengler Cup.

Quinn, who last coached in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, has agreed to take charge of the Canadian team that's set to compete at the annual holiday tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

Quinn, 63, coached Team Canada to gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games and the World Cup of Hockey championship in 2004.

He was also in charge when Canada was eliminated in the quarter-finals at the 2006 Torino Games.

"I thoroughly enjoy my time coaching Team Canada," said Quinn. "I've coached at the Olympics and at World Cups but this marks a first for me at the Spengler Cup."

Johnny Misley, Hockey Canada's executive vice-president, touted Quinn's international coaching experience.

"Pat Quinn is well known as one of the best hockey minds around," said Misley. "He has proved his worth with Team Canada and in the NHL and we're extremely excited to see him on the bench at the Spengler Cup."

The Leafs fired Quinn in April after Toronto failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

His 657 career NHL victories trail only Scotty Bowman (1,244), Al Arbour (781) and Dick Irvin (692).

The Spengler Cup, which takes place from Dec. 26-31, is the oldest professional hockey tournament in the world and has been held annually since 1923.

Canada lost to Mettallurg Magnitogorsk in last year's Spengler Cup final.

Canada has competed in the Spengler Cup since 1984, winning 10 titles and its last championship coming in 2003.

Canada's roster at the Spengler Cup has traditionally been comprised of Canadians playing in Europe and the American Hockey League.