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Burnett joins Canada’s junior staff

By The Canadian Press 19 minutes ago

CALGARY—Belleville Bulls coach George Burnett has been named as an assistant for Canada’s team at the 2011 world junior hockey championship, Hockey Canada announced late Tuesday.

Burnett, who is also the general manager of the Ontario Hockey League club, joins head coach Dave Cameron of the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and assistants Ryan Huska (Kelowna, WHL) and Andre Tourigny (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL).

“I am absolutely thrilled to take on this additional role with Hockey Canada and join the staff of Canada’s National Junior Team,” Burnett said in a statement. “We will all work extremely hard to ensure that 2011 is a golden year for the nation’s top Under-20 male hockey players.”

The 48-year-old Burnett replaces Bob Boughner, who stepped down after taking a job as an assistant with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

According to Hockey Canada, Burnett will also continue as head coach of Canada’s Under-18 team for the 2010 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in Slovakia and the Czech Republic Aug. 10-14. Canada will enter the international tournament as two-time defending champions.

Burnett has also coached Niagara Falls, Oshawa and Guelph of the OHL. He was also behind the bench for 35 games with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1994-95 season.

The 2011 world junior hockey championship runs Dec. 26, 2010 to Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

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