10/27/2011 03:28 EDT | Updated 12/27/2011 05:12 EST

Marc Crawford named head coach of Canada's Spengler Cup team

CALGARY - Former NHL coach Marc Crawford will lead Canada at this year's Spengler Cup.

Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Crawford will serve as head coach of the Canadian squad at the tournament that runs Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland.

Crawford has been working as a television analyst this season after getting fired by the Dallas Stars following the 2010-11 campaign.

Doug Shedden and Trent Yawney will serve as Crawford's assistants.

"The coaches we have named today have experience at all levels, from the NHL to the Spengler Cup and Olympics," said Brad Pascall, vice-president of hockey operations/national teams for Hockey Canada. "We are confident they have what it takes to bring the Spengler Cup back to Canada."

Canada last won the international tournament that mainly consists of European-based professionals back in 2007.

The 50-year-old Crawford served as Canada's head coach at the 1998 Olympics was and was an assistant at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

He has spent parts of 15 seasons as an NHL head coach with Quebec, Colorado, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Dallas, compiling a 549-421-100-77 record, becoming one of just 15 coaches in league history to win 500 games.

The Belleville, Ont., native won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996 and was named the NHL's coach of the year with the Avalanche in 1994-95.

He played parts of six NHL seasons with Vancouver from 1981-87, recording 50 points in 176 games.

Shedden, 50, will make his third appearance as an assistant coach at the Spengler Cup with Canada, having served in the same role at the 2009 and 2010 tournaments.

The Wallaceburg, Ont., native also coached Finland to a bronze medal at the 2008 world championship in Halifax.

Shedden recorded 325 points in 416 games NHL games with Pittsburgh, Detroit and Toronto from 1981-91.

Yawney, 46, led Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 world under-18 hockey championship.

The Hudson Bay, Sask., native spent parts of two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks and three seasons as an assistant in San Jose.

Yawney played 12 seasons in the NHL, finishing with 129 points in 593 games with Chicago, Calgary and St. Louis.