Former Toronto Maple Leaf player Todd Gill has been named the Head Coach of the Canadian Under-18 Men’s ice hockey team for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this August. This annual tournament takes place in Czech Republic and in Slovakia and will showcase eight countries. Todd Gill is also the coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs.
During his time with the Frontenacs, Gill has obviously made an impression on Hockey Canada, along with being an assistant coach for Team Canada at the World Juniors Under-18 Tournament back in April.
Gill was certainly excited when he received the news that he will be the head coach of Team Canada.
“I got goose bumps sitting here thinking about it,” Gill said.
“I’m very excited. It is a great opportunity to again coach the very best players at that level.”
“The best part is talking to Doug and Mr. Springer, they both gave me their blessing,” Gill said.
Todd Gill’s assistant coaches will be Scott Walker of the Guelph Storm and Yanick Jean of the Victoriaville Tigers.
In the end Gill stated that, “I’m looking forward to the opportunity and hopefully being able to bring the gold home. This experience will help me bring back things to use for the Frontenacs.”
In his playing days, Todd Gill registered 82 goals and 272 assists in 1,007 career NHL games with teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche.
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