Peter Chiarelli Will Help Lead Team Canada in 2012 World Championships

Peter Chiarelli will have two championships to pursue this spring.

In addition to guiding the Bruins' quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, the Bruins general manager will also help lead Canada's entry at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.

On Monday, Hockey Canada announced its leadership team through 2014. Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman, who led Canada to the gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, will return as executive director through the 2013-14 season.

The NHL has yet to announce if it will send its players to the next Olympics in Russia in 2014, a decision that will be made during the upcoming negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement when the current deal expires in September.

Yzerman will be assisted by a management group consisting of fellow NHL GMs Doug Armstrong (St. Louis), Ken Holland (Detroit) and Kevin Lowe (Edmonton), along with Hockey Canada's Bob Nicholson and Brad Pascall.

Lowe will also serve as Canada's GM for the 2012 World Championships, with Chiarelli and Toronto executive Dave Nonis serving as Lowe's assistants.

"I am very pleased with the group that we have assembled to lead us through the next two seasons," Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson said in a release announcing the appointments. "Steve, Doug, Ken and Kevin provide a great deal of experience gained from their involvement in 2010 and their long-time involvement with our program.

"Brad has been with Hockey Canada since 1998 and brings a wealth of international experience to the group, having led Canada at the IIHF World Championship, IIHF World Women's Championship and IIHF World Junior Championship. Peter and Dave have great experience as well that will benefit the group as we prepare for this year's world championship."

The 2012 World Championships will be held in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, from May 4-17, with Canada based in Helsinki for the entire event.

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