With the roster announcement less than a week away, Hockey Canada has now unveiled its coaching and management staff that will lead the nation on its pursuit of gold at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
In the front office, Shane Doan will take the reigns as Team Canada's GM, with Scott Salmond serving alongside him in the dual roles of assistant GM and senior vice president of hockey operations, and Blaire McKassey rounding out the staff as director of player personnel.
Down on the ice, Claude Julien will step behind the bench as head coach, surrounded by Nolan Baumgartner, Jeremy Colliton, and Tyler Dietrich as his assistants.
Despite the league withdrawing its participation back in December, there will certainly be an NHL presence both on Canada's bench and watching from above at this year's Olympic Games.
Doan, of course, enjoyed a successful 21-year NHL career with the Arizona Coyotes organization before retiring in 2017, with the 45-year-old recently cutting his teeth on the management side of things by leading Canada to a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Championship as an assistant GM, and serving as GM and assistant coach at the 2021 Channel One Cup.
As for Doan's assistants, Salmond has been working with Hockey Canada in various capacities for quite some time, being promoted to senior vice president of national teams in 2018, while McKassey most recently served as a scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2018-21.
When it comes to Julien, his accolades speak for themselves. The former Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens bench boss is a Jack Adams Award winner and Stanley Cup champion, taking home the former prized hardware in 2009 before going on to earn his Cup ring with the Bruins in 2011.
But Julien isn't the only NHL alumnus on Canada's coaching staff.
Colliton is fresh off of a stint as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks that lasted for three seasons beginning in 2018 until his eventual dismissal this past November. Baumgartner is a recent NHL staffer as well, spending parts of four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant coach before joining Travis Green on his way out the door in December, while Dietrich serves as senior manager of hockey operations for Hockey Canada.
With the supporting staff now in place, all that remains is an announcement of which players will take the ice.