Ice HockeyCanada star takes part in Spengler Cup while working from home
Assistant to the general manager of Team Canada, Quebecer Daniel Brière could not travel to Graubünden. This does not prevent him from being involved in the decisions.
At the Spengler Cup in Davos, where Team Canada will start the tournament this Monday against Sparta Prague (8:15 p.m.), the stars of the maple leaf, defending champions, are in a tie.
Hockey Canada has in fact entrusted the role of assistant coach to Scott Niedermayer. The general manager job to Shane Doan. And a status of assistant to the general manager to Daniel Brière.
The first (49) is a member of the « Triple Gold Club » thanks to the conquests of four Stanley Cups with New Jersey (1995, 2000, 2003) and Anaheim (2007), two Olympic gold medals (2002, 2010) and a gold medal at the world championship (2004).
The second (46) played 21 NHL seasons with the same team (the Winnipeg Jets became the Arizona Coyotes in 1996) with which he played 1,540 regular season games. He also won two gold medals at the World Championships.
The third (45), who had skated with Bern in 2004-2005, sweated 17 years in the NHL and twice adorned himself with the most beautiful charm at the World Cup. He is now assistant to the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Quebecer, whose Spengler Cup is the first mission within Hockey Canada, however begins his mandate in a particular way.
As he told his colleague Guillaume Lefrançois of « La Presse”, he works remotely from Halifax, one of the cities in the Canadian maritime provinces which host the Under-20 World Championship.
“I especially wanted to go there for the historical side, and because it is a rather special place, explained Brière. I played a few times in Davos, I faced them in the playoffs. It’s a wonderful place! I would have liked to spend more time there.”
But, while it is facing a storm (the management of the consequences of a sexual affair dating from 2018 and involving players of the U20 selection at the time), Hockey Canada has had to manage many departures within its organization.
When he was approached by Shane Doan, Daniel Brière had already committed to attending the World Juniors, so important to assess the talents of tomorrow, on behalf of the Philadelphia Flyers.
It is therefore 5,500 kilometers from Davos that he will give his opinion on the alignment of Team Canada and any changes to be made.