Hockey PEI Staff | July 21st, 2021
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Hockey Canada’s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations, Scott Salmond made the announcement today that PEI’s Dave Cameron (Kinkora, PEI / Ottawa, OHL) has been selected to lead Canada’s next World Juniors team. This will be Cameron’s fourth time behind the bench for a World Juniors event, having served as an assistant coach twice for Team Canada’s U20 program in 2008-09 and again in 2009-10. It will be Cameron’s second opportunity as the Head Coach of the World Juniors team, having previously held the role for the 2010-11 event.
Likewise, Cameron’s ties with Hockey Canada’s National Team Program run deeper than its U20 program. He’s also coached two Canadian Under-18 teams at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, once as an assistant coach in 2003-04 and the other as the team’s head coach in 2004-05. His most recent Hockey Canada gig came in 2015-16 at the World Championship where Cameron served as an assistant coach on the squad.
In his professional hockey career, Cameron has had the opportunity to make a name for himself at various levels and in many leagues. The Kildare Capes resident who grew up in Kinkora coached the Summerside’s Western Capitals back in the 1980s and 90s before making the jump to the Colonial Hockey League, then working with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. He would then spend some time in the American League with the St. John’s Maple Leaf and the Binghamton Senators before finally getting the call to the National Hockey League in 2011 as the assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators. Cameron was then given the reins of the young senators squad in 2014 and would stay with the club until 2016 before moving on to Calgary to coach the flames.
Cameron was named head coach of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) earlier on Wednesday. This comes after his most recent job at the hands of the Vienna Capitals. The Team plays within the International Central European (ICE) Hockey League and Cameron has been with the Team as their Head coach for the past 3-seasons.
Additionally, Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, PEI / Hockey Canada), Hockey Canada’s Manager of Medical Services will join the team as its Athletic Therapist for the 2022 event. Elliott is the former head athletic therapist for the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL.
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played in Edmonton and Red Deer instead with the expectation that the situation at that time will allow the host to hold the championship with spectators.
Cameron will be behind the bench for the 15th World Juniors to be hosted in Canada and will take place at the recently constructed Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.
Host Canada will play Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria in Edmonton. The group in Red Deer includes defending champion USA, Russia, Sweden, Slovakia and Switzerland.
The tournament will be played from 26 December 2021 to 5 January 2022. Following a six-day preliminary round until New Year’s Eve, the event will continue with the quarter-finals, semi-finals, medal games and relegation games.
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