The current Sharks head coach will reunite with the former head coach as part of Team North America at next September’s World Cup of Hockey.
On Friday, the NHL and NHLPA announced that Pete DeBoer would serve as an assistant under Oilers coach Todd McLellan. Also on the staff are Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett, and former Sharks and current Oilers assistant coach Jay Woodcroft.
DeBoer and McLellan worked together previously in the same roles just a few months ago at the World Championships as part of Team Canada, which took home a gold medal. It was DeBoer’s third time in that role.
“We enjoyed working together. We won a gold medal,” DeBoer said of his time with McLellan. “It was a great experience, and I think any time I’ve done any of those teams and a chance to work with other players, other coaches, you always come back a better coach for it.
“It’s way off in the distance. I’m not even thinking about it now, we’re worried about [the Sharks]. But, it was nice to be asked.”
In addition to his three stints as an assistant in the World Championships, DeBoer was also a member of Canada’s staff at the World Junior Championships in 1998 and 2005.
"We are pleased to announce these great additions to the Team North America staff for the World Cup of Hockey 2016," Team North America general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. "Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay will serve important roles in helping our efforts to make next year's tournament a successful one for our team."
Team North America will consist of players from the United States and Canada that are 23 years old and younger, born at any point on or after Oct. 1, 1992.
The World Cup of Hockey runs in September 2016 in Toronto, and is comprised of eight teams: Team North America, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States. It is a joint effort between the NHL, NHLPA and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
DeBoer was named as the Sharks' head coach on May 18, replacing McLellan, who departed after seven seasons in San Jose but promptly landed in Edmonton.