Lowry to lead Canada's under-18 hockey team
Former NHL forward guided Calgary Hitmen to WHL final this season
Former National Hockey League forward Dave Lowry will guide the Canadian men's under-18 squad at the annual Ivan Hlinka international tournament in August.
Lowry, 44, will make his international coaching debut after guiding the Calgary Hitmen to a berth in the Western Hockey League final this season.
Canada will attempt to defend its title Aug. 11-15 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Lowry, whose Hitmen dropped a six-game series to the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL championship, led the team to a 59-9-3-1 record in the regular season.
A native of Sudbury, Ont., Lowry played in more than 1,000 NHL games and was the Calgary Flames captain from 2000 to 2002.
"We are extremely excited with the quality of coaches that we have named today for our summer under-18 program," said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada's senior director of national men's teams, in a news release.
"Led by head coach Dave Lowry, we know that this year's under-18 team will be well-prepared and that our coaches will play important roles in developing Canada's top young players."
Lowry's assistants will be Chris DePiero of the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals and Mark Holick of the WHL's Kootenay Ice.
DePiero is fresh off his first season as general manager and head coach with the Generals after serving as head coach for the St. Michael's Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for seven years, with whom he won two league championships and a pair of honours as coach of the year.
Holick just finished his second season behind the Kootenay bench after successful head coaching stints with the British Columbia Hockey League's Vernon Vipers in 2006-07 and Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2003-06.
A native of Penticton, B.C., Holick led Team Pacific to a silver medal at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Also Wednesday, Hockey Canada announced that former NHL goaltender Ron Tugnutt will serve as the under-18 team's goaltending consultant.