07/22/2013 12:26 EDT | Updated 09/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Mike Babcock to coach Canadian Olympic hockey team

Head coach Mike Babcock and assistants Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff will return to the Canadian bench in hopes of defending the men's Olympic hockey gold in Sochi, Russia, in February.

Claude Julien, head coach of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, will be the third associate coach on Babcock’s staff for the Olympic tournament, which begins Feb. 12.

“Canada’s coaching staff has a great deal of international and professional experience for the challenge that awaits us in Sochi,” Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman said in a statement released by Hockey Canada on Monday.

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