CALGARY, Alberta ó Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will be behind Canadaís bench for the world hockey championship next month in Stockholm and Helsinki.

Ruff was fired by the Sabres on Feb. 20, ending a 16-year run as the teamís coach. He coached Canada to a silver medal in the 2009 world championship and was an associate coach under Mike Babcock on Canadaís 2010 gold-medal Olympic team.