Currently serving as the bench boss in Spokane for the Western Hockey League’s Chiefs, Lambert will momentarily switch his focus to help lead the young Canadian men at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Czech Republic. Not entering the tournament on his own, Lambert will have help from Ottawa’s Mario Duhamel and Everett’s Dennis Williams.
“We are excited about the two coaching staffs that have been assembled for Canada’s National Junior Team and Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, both of which include a combination of Canadian Hockey League, National Hockey League and international coaching experience,” said Director of Hockey Canada’s Men’s National Teams Shawn Bullock. “We know all six coaches will represent our country with a tremendous amount of pride as they look to bring home gold medals at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.”
Lambert, 49, is a former draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques, who spent four seasons with Swift Current in the WHL, collecting 75 goals and 319 points in just 244 games in the league. After a stellar Memorial Cup MVP performance in 1989, Lambert bounced around many professional North American leagues, before taking his talents overseas. He finished his hockey playing career with 10 seasons in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, most recently serving as the captain of the Hannover Scorpions.
Following his playing career, the St. Boniface product began coaching, where he did five seasons as an assistant in Kelowna with the Rockets, before a one-year stint as assistant in Buffalo with the Sabres. Lambert then coached the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans for one season, before accepting the role as Head Coach in Spokane, moving back to the WHL. Since arriving, Lambert has led the Chiefs to an 81-46-13 all-time record, while guiding Spokane to its deepest playoff run since 2011 in the 2018-19 season.