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Laurier's Mark French Named to the Coaching Staff for Canada's Under 18 Team
Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League named Mark French (Laurier, OUA), to join Dean Chynoweth (Head Coach) and his coaching staff of Canada's World Championship Under-18 Team for the upcoming 2004 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship, taking place this spring from April 8-18, 2004 in Minsk, Belarus. Canada enters the 2004 World Under-18 Championship as defending World Champions, having captured last year's World Championship event in April, 2003.

"Mark French has done a great job in improving Laurier's hockey program, and being recognized by Hockey Canada is a testimate to his abilities," said PETER BAXTER, Laurier Athletic Director.

French, 31, an NCCP Advanced I certified coach, has just come off a 10-8-3-3 campaign that saw his team advance to the OUA Mid-West Divisional Final.

"It is quite an honour for me to represent Canada at the World Under-18 Championship," said French. "I look foward to the challenge of assisting the coaching staff in preparation to compete with the best in the world!"

Chynoweth will also be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches James Boyd (Belleville Bulls, OHL) and Clément Jodoin.

Canada's 2004 World Championship Under-18 Team will be comprised of players under 18 years old (born in 1986 or later) whose teams are not playing in either the CHL, Junior A or collegiate playoffs.

For more information please contact:

Ari Grossman
Sports Information Director
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-589-9515
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