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Lindy Ruff will be back behind the bench for the first time since being fired as he leads Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Sweden/Finland.

Ruff was fired inFebruaryin the midstof the Sabres slow start after 16-yearsas head coach of the Sabres. Ruff has made itclear he wants to return tocoaching in the NHL.

Team Canada opens play Saturday against Denmark in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ruff led Canada to a silver medal at the 2009 Wold Championship in Switzerland.