GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Hockey Canada announced today that former University of North Dakota standout and current Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will serve as head coach for Team Canada at the upcoming 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.
Tippett recently completed his fifth season as head coach in Phoenix, where he has led the club to three Stanley Cup playoff appearances and a pair of 40-win seasons. Tippett, the franchise leader in career coaching victories, won the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year in 2009-10. He is 193-126-57 with Phoenix and is 464-282-122 in an 11-year NHL coaching career that also includes a six-year stint as Dallas head coach from 2002-03 to 2008-09.
His ties to Hockey Canada run deep as both a player and coach. He twice served as associate head coach at the World Championships, winning a silver medal in 2009. As a player, Tippett spent two full seasons (1983-84 and 1991-92) with the Canadian National Team as a player and was also a two-time Olympian, captaining the 1984 team and winning silver with the 1992 squad.
Tippett spent the 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons at North Dakota, leading the Fighting Sioux to a national championship as a freshman. He scored 28 goals and added 59 assists for 87 points in 79 collegiate games and was an All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Second Team selection as a sophomore.
After leaving UND, Tippett went on to enjoy an 11-year NHL playing career that included stops in Hartford, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He finished his NHL career with 262 points (93 goals, 169 assists) in 721 games.
The 2014 IIHF World Championship takes place May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team and the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.