The puck will drop tomorrow in Minsk, Belarus for the start of the 2014 IIHF World Championships. New Jersey Devils head coach Pete DeBoer, who will be serving as an assistant under Team Canada's Davie Tippett, will be one of three members of the Devils organization taking part in the competition.
When Canada squares off against France in their first contest tomorrow, it will mark the second time DeBoer has worked the bench for Canada in the World Championship tournament and the first time since 2010 when Canada finished 7th, breaking their thee-year medal streak.
Canada has not medaled in the Worlds since 2009 when they won silver.
Jaromir Jagr is also participating and will be representing the Czech Republic while Damien Brunner will be playing for Team Switzerland. Jagr last played in the World's tournament in 2011 where he registered five goals and four assists on his way to a bronze medal. Both Devils forwards skated with their respective countries during the 2014 Winter Olympics last February where neither of them returned with a medal.
Jagr, 42, has played over 100 games at the international level throughout his career and has collected five bronze medals, one silver, and three gold since his European Junior Hockey Championships debut in 1989 . Last season the veteran winger lead the Devils in scoring with 24 goals and 43 assists. He re-upped with New Jersey on April 30, signing a one-year deal to remain with the Devils.
The Czech Republic will open up tomorrow against Slovakia, who will be without Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara while he remains with his NHL club as they take on the Montreal Canadiens in the conference semifinals.