McLellan chosen to coach North America at hockey world cup

NEW YORK (AP) Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan has been named head coach of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

At the 2015 World Hockey Championship, McLellan led Team Canada to its first gold medal since 2007 with a 10-0 record.

He's in his first season with Edmonton and spent the past seven coaching the San Jose Sharks, with a record of 311-163-66. The Sharks during that time made six playoff appearances, winning three Pacific Division titles.

The National Hockey League Players' Association and NHL announced the appointment Friday.

The World Cup of Hockey returns in September 2016 in Toronto. Eight teams of the world's best hockey players will compete. Team North America will consist of the top players from Canada and the U.S. who are 23 or under. Participating are Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Team Europe and the United States.

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