Moose Jaw Warriors general manager Alan Millar has helped them find a whole lot of that over the last couple years.
Now he’ll have a chance to build one of the highest profile teams in the country.
Hockey Canada announced Monday that Millar has been named to the Program of Excellence management group for the U20 men’s program, better known as Team Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championship.
It’s been a steady progression up the Hockey Canada ranks for Millar, who joined the national body’s executive ranks in 2018 with the under-18 program.
The past two seasons have seen Canada win gold and silver medals at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup U18 world championship, including a second-place finish this past summer.
Millar joined the Warriors as the director of hockey operations in 2010 and became general manager in 2012. The squad has seen steady improvement, including three straight 40-win seasons heading into the 2019-20 campaign as well as a Scotty Munro Trophy as the WHL’s top regular-season team with 52 wins in 2017-18.
Hockey Canada also announced that Andre Tourigny from the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League will act as the Canadian National Junior Team head coach, James Boyd (Ottawa) will manage the World U17 program and Martin Mondou (Shawinigan, QMJHL) will run the U18 program.
Millar and his fellow managers will work alongside Hockey Canada’s director of men’s national teams Shawn Bullock and head scout Brad McEwen.
The 2020-21 World Junior Hockey Championship will run from Saturday, Dec. 26 to Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer.