Dominique Ducharme named Canada’s world junior hockey team head coach

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MONTREAL – Dominique Ducharme has been named head coach for Canada’s world junior hockey team.

The announcement was made at the Bell Centre on Monday.

Ducharme was an assistant coach on the Canadian squad at the 2016 world juniors in Helsinki.

During the tournament, his father Jacques died, but he opted to stay on the end of the event.

He will lead Canada in the 2017 junior tournament, the second consecutive year he’s coached, but the first as head coach.

In April, the 43-year-old was named coach and general manager of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Ducharme also spent five years with the Halifax Mooseheads, from 2011 to 2014, winning the Memorial Cup in 2013.

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The Joliette, Que. native played four seasons for the University of Vermont, where his teammates included Martin St. Louis and Tim Thomas, before embarking on a pro career spent mostly in Europe.

Montreal will play host to the 2017 tournament during the medal rounds at the Bell Centre.

The World Junior Championship will start on Dec. 26, 2016 in Toronto and finish Jan. 5, 2017 in Montreal.

with files from The Canadian Press.

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