Burke, Desjardins helming Canadians
Sean Burke will serve as general manager and Willie Desjardins will be head coach for defending champion Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics — the first Games since 1994 without NHL players.
Hockey Canada named its management and coaching staff for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics on Tuesday. St. Louis Blues assistant GM Martin Brodeur will work under Burke on the management side, while Desjardins will be assisted by Dave King, Scott Walker and Craig Woodcroft.
Canada has been grooming Burke for this responsibility for some time as he served as assistant GM for this year’s gold-medal squad at the world championships, GM for the 2016 Spengler Cup and director of player development for the 2016 worlds. Desjardins coached Canada’s 2010 world champion junior team.