Brown heading to World Juniors with Team Canada

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Andy Brown, chief athletic therapist and longtime equipment manager for the Owen Sound Attack, can check off another item on his hockey to-do list.

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Hockey Canada announced its coaching and bench staff for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax and Moncton on Wednesday and Brown is among the staff who will be aiming to help the Canadians win gold.

Brown will be one of two athletic therapists on the team alongside Kevin Elliott of Charlottetown of the QMJHL.

Canada’s National Junior Team will meet at Center Avenir in Moncton for a four-day selection camp, Dec. 9-12, before selecting a final roster ahead of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship. The composition of the selection camp will be announced in the coming weeks, according to a press release.

Team Canada will kick off its tournament at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championships on Boxing Day, December 26, against Czech Republic.

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Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), who served as an assistant last year, returns to take the reins as the team’s head coach. He will be joined by assistant coaches Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL), Brent Kisio (Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL) and former Attack head coach Alan Letang (Renfrew, Ont./ Sarnia, OHL), as well as goaltending consultant Kelly Guard (Prince Albert, Sask./Prince Albert, WHL) and video coach James Emery (Calgary, Alta.).

Brown is no stranger to Hockey Canada. Recently, he worked with the national team during their U18 development camp in the summer of 2021.

He won three gold medals as a member of Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2009 and 2017 and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2018, but this will be his first time on the bench with the under-20 program years at the popular holiday hockey tournament. .

“It’s hard to put into words,” Brown said when asked about being named to Team Canada for the World Juniors in a team press release. “Being on staff for Team Canada at the World Juniors has been my goal since I joined the OHL. I am so honored to have the opportunity to represent Canada and the Owen Sound offense.

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