According to a report from TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger, Hockey Canada is expected to announce today that former NHL goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Sean Burke will co-manage the nation’s team at the upcoming 2018 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Denmark.
The pair of former New Jersey Devils hooked up to manage Canada at last month’s 2018 Winter Olympics with Burke taking the lead role and with Brodeur as assistant. This time around they’ll split duties in Denmark when things get underway May 4th.
“That’s a tough act for them to follow because of their success at the Olympics,” Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston said of the GM duo. “But also the fact that this is a team that won silver last year [at the worlds] and gold the two previous years. The expectation is always high for Canada at that tournament.”
While the pair have yet to be formally introduced by Hockey Canada, expect an announcement as early as today. As for the team’s coaching staff, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting that Vancouver Canucks rookie head coach Travis Green and Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters are currently frontrunners for the prestigious position.
Former NHLer and Olympic silver medalist Christian Ehrhoff announces retirement
According to several German language sources, former NHL defenseman Christan Ehrhoff has retired from professional hockey.
Ehrhoff’s Cologne Sharks of the German DEL were eliminated from playoff contention last night, effectively ending Ehrhoff’s career. The 35 year old blue liner most recently won silver with team Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics just last month where he put up a goal and an assist in seven games during the team’s magical run.
The Moers, Germany native last played in the NHL during the 2015-16 season with the Chicago Blackhawks before returning home to Cologne last season. Fairly or not, Ehrhoff will most likely be remembered for being an expensive mistake by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Almost immediately after taking control of his new team Pegula had general manager Tim Murray sign Ehrhoff to a 10 year, $40 million deal. After parts of just three seasons in Buffalo, Ehrhoff’s enormous contract was bought out in June, 2014. He’s on the team’s payroll with a salary of $850,000 until the 2024-25 season.
Other fans may remember Ehrhoff more from his time with the Vancouver Canucks where he put up a staggering 14 goals and 50 points in 79 points during the 2010-11 season and a further 12 points in 23 games during the team’s run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.