CALGARY -- Brent Sutter didn't take long to find another coaching job after he and the Calgary Flames agreed to part ways.

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CALGARY -- Brent Sutter didn't take long to find another coaching job after he and the Calgary Flames agreed to part ways.

Sutter was introduced Monday at Hockey Canada's headquarters as the head coach of Canada's entry at next month's IIHF World Hockey Championship in Helsinki.

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Brent Sutter

"Everybody knows the Sutters well," said Team Canada general manager Kevin Lowe. "They're honest people. They're obviously passionate about the game of hockey. I really like the fact that Brent has some history with some of the players we've chosen, so we thought there's some chemistry."

Sutter coached Canada to back-to-back gold medals at the 2005 and 2006 world junior championships and then led Canada to a 7-0-1 record in the 2006 Canada-Russia Super Series, which featured the top junior-aged players from both countries.

"It's a complete honour and I'm really looking forward to working with Kevin and the staff and the coaches and the players and being involved with Hockey Canada again," said Sutter, who will be assisted by Guy Boucher of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Kirk Muller of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Canada has had a pair of disappointing showings at the past two world championships and has fallen to fourth in the world rankings. The rankings after the May 4-20 world championship will determine how countries are seeded at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"It's very important for the seeding in the Olympics," Sutter said. "We're going there to win. That's got to be our mindset. We'll put everything we can into it and hopefully make it happen."

Led by Olympic gold medallists Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, 16 of the 17 players who have already been chosen to play for the squad have previously represented Canada internationally.

"We've got to form ourselves into being a very good team right off the bat," Sutter said. "That's never really a tough situation to deal with Canadian players. Most of them, if not all of them, have been through it before. It's not something new for them."

Lowe said that Sutter will have a tough task to follow up what he accomplished at the junior level.

"I did say to him that there's a little bit of pressure because he's undefeated coaching Canada, so we expect the same kind of results in Helsinki," said Lowe.

Monday's news conference in Calgary was also the first time that Sutter addressed the media about his decision to part ways with the Flames last Thursday. During his three years coaching in Calgary, the Flames failed to qualify for the playoffs.

"Over three years, it does wear on you," said Sutter. "It does beat you up a lot. It just came down to that I personally felt this was the right thing for (GM) Jay (Feaster) and the organization."

Sutter noted that he told Feaster that he wouldn't accept a new contract even if he was offered an extension.

-- The Canadian Press