NHL News: Carey Price has concussion, Alex Chiasson apologizes for hit, and Roberto Luongo to guide Team Canada

Carey Price will be out at least one week after leaving last night’s game to an upper-body injury. Oilers forward Alex Chiasson collided with the Canadiens goaltender and he did not return for the second period. Today, the Canadiens announced that he will be in concussion protocol due to the hit.

Alex Chiasson apologized for collision

“Obviously unintentional,” Chiasson began. “To be honest, I kinda read the play wrong a little bit. I apologized to him afterwards. He kinda realized it wasn’t my intention. I hope he’s alright.”

Roberto Luongo tabbed to lead Team Canada

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Apr 6, 2019; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) walks on to the ice before a game against the New Jersey Devils at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Hockey Canada announced today that former goaltending great, Roberto Luongo will be the General Manager for the 2021 IIHF World Championships. This will be Luongo’s first chance to lead Team Canada as they prepare for the 2022 Olympics.

Per the Press Release:

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has appointed Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Que./Florida, NHL) general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2021 IIHF World Championship, May 21-June 6 in Riga, Latvia.

As general manager, Luongo will oversee and lead all hockey operations, including staff and player selection and evaluation as Canada looks to win its first gold medal since 2016. Joining Luongo on the management group will be Shane Doan (Halkirk, Alta.) and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior-vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada.

With the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China less than one year away, the 2021 IIHF World Championship will serve as an important step in the evaluation and preparation process, should NHL players participate, as both Luongo and Salmond were recently named to the Olympic management group.

“Hockey Canada is excited to have Roberto lead our management group at the IIHF World Championship this year, and to continue to work with our entire Olympic management team as we continue to prepare for the 2022 Olympics,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “We are also fortunate to have Shane and Scott contribute as assistant general managers; both individuals bring a wealth of experience to Canada’s National Men’s Team. Roberto, Shane and Scott bring a strong combination of NHL and international experience, both on and off the ice, and they will complement each other as we work towards building a team that can compete for a gold medal.”