According to Hockey Canada in a press release on Wednesday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Rob Blake of Simcoe, Ontario will be the general manager for Team Canada at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championships in Minsk, Belarus from May 9-25.
Blake, who played twenty seasons in the National Hockey League with the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks from 1989-2010, won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, where he scored one goal and two assists for three points. He is currently the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Kings.
In 1998, Blake became the first and only Los Angeles King in franchise history to win the Norris Trophy for best defenseman in the National Hockey League.
Blake's assistant general managers will be Ron Hextall, the 1987 Conn Smythe Trophy winner who is currently the assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations Brad Pascall and Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving.
Canada will play its first game at the World Hockey Championship on May 9 against France.