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Bob Hartley Is The New Head Coach For The Latvian Men’s National Team

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

Hartley will be the second former NHL coach after Ted Nolan (2011-2014) to lead the Latvian men’s national team. Hartley led the Colorado Avalanche to a Stanley Cup win in 2001 and later also coached the Atlanta Thrashers and until last season the Calgary Flames. In 2015 he won the Jack Adams Award as NHL head coach of the year but was fired in May 2016.

The 56-year-old also won championships as a junior coach with the Hawkesbury Hawks (CJHL; 1990, 1991) and Laval Titan (QMJHL; 1993) and later in professional hockey with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears (1997) and most recently in 2012 the Swiss championship with the ZSC Lions Zurich during a one-year stint in Europe where he had Latvian forward Ronalds Kenins among his players.

Hartley’s first assignment will be to watch the U20 national team in Toronto next week at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship to scout potential candidates for the men’s national team. He will travel to Latvia for the first time in February to watch KHL team Dinamo Riga in its last regular-season games.

“I’m excited for the newest challenge in my career as a coach. It will be my first experience working with a national team and I’m grateful to the Latvian Hockey Federation for giving me the opportunity and confidence,” Bob Hartley said.

“I’m looking forward to the moment when the Latvian national team will start its preparation, which will be the foundation of a successful start at the World Championship.”

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