Botterill to help run Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship

Jason Botterill was named as part of a trio to put together Canadas roster for the 2019 World Championship in Slovakia

Brayton Wilson
March 26, 2019 - 1:21 pm

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Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has been named as part of a management group that will help put together Canada's National Men's Team roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Hockey Canada made the announcement official on Tuesday as Botterill will work with former Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall and former Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis to establish a roster for the upcoming tournament from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 26.

This will be the first time Botterill has had any involvement with Hockey Canada in a managerial role. Botterill is the only player to ever win three-consecutive gold medals with Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship from 1994 to 1996.

Team Canada could feature a number of Sabres players on its roster, including Sam Reinhart, Carter Hutton, Brandon Montour and Jeff Skinner. However, with Skinner on an expiring contract, there is the chance that he holds out from participating with the potential of injuring himself at the tournament.

Canada opens their World Championship in Kosice on May 10 against Finland. They will also compete in a group that will feature Great Britain, Slovakia, France, Germany, Denmark and the United States in the preliminary round.

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