Canada's officially going with Bill Peters.
Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that the Carolina Hurricanes' head coach will man the Canadian bench at the 2016 World Championship in Russia. He'll be joined by Dave Cameron, Mike Yeo, and Misha Donskov, who will serve as assistants.
Peters is completing his second season as Hurricanes head coach, the team a positive-possession club with a young, rebuilding roster. Peters was an assistant for Canada at last year's tournament, which Canada won, and spent three seasons as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings before heading to Raleigh. Peters will also be an assistant coach at the World Cup of Hockey in the fall.
Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney had the following to say in a statement:
This group brings experience and a continuity that will serve us well not only at worlds, but as we look toward the World Cup of Hockey in September. There's been a lot of work done over the last month by the management team to put this coaching staff into place, and more to come as we start pulling together our roster, but I'm confident with the direction and the staff as we look to defend our championship title in May.
This year's tournament will be held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and runs May 6-22.
Canada went undefeated last year, winning gold for the first time in eight years.