Renfrew native a Canada junior team coach

OTTAWA VALLEY – One of the members of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team’s coaching staff has roots in the Valley.

Renfrew's Alan Letang. File photo
Renfrew’s Alan Letang. File photo

Alan Letang, will serve as an assistant coach to Canada’s junior team for the World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic this holiday season.

Letang’s resume is impressive and long, with a 20-year professional career in hockey. Letang, a Canadian-Croatian, was drafted by the Montreal Canadiands in the eighth round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and includes 14 games in the NHL. Letang played for the Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders.

The married father of two is currently the head coach of the Owen Sound Attack in the OHL, he won a bronze medal with Canada’s national team in 2006 in Germany and won the Spengler Cup in 1998. In addition, Letang was the head coach for Croatia at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

The World Junior Championship continues until Jan. 5 and Canada’s first game is against the U.S. on Boxing Day. Puck drops at 1 p.m.