By John Vogl
BOSTON -- Lindy Ruff is getting back behind the bench.
Hockey Canada has named the former Sabres coach as its bench boss for the world championships to be held May 3-19 in Finland and Sweden. Tampa Bay General Manager Steve Yzerman will be the executive director, while Doug Shedden will be Ruff's assistant coach.
Ruff, fired in February during his 16th year in Buffalo, coached Canada's 2009 world championship team to a silver medal. He was a gold medal-winning assistant at the 2010 Olympic Games.
The players will be chosen later and usually consist of NHL stars whose clubs failed to make the playoffs. The Sabres are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference.