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Pete DeBoer Assistant for Team Canada ... Nathan Horton Not Amused, Leaves Practice

DeboerCoach Pete DeBoer is going to have plenty of time to play golf this summer, although his offseason will be a little more shorter now that he's been named an assistant coach to Craig MacTavish for the Canadian World Championships team.

The worlds opens up next month in Germany.

"I'm excited about that,'' DeBoer said. "I've been able to coach for Canada before, and it's always an honor to go and represent your country. It's a little bittersweet though. The only time you get to do this tournament is when your team is out of the playoffs.''

DeBoer was on Canada's coaching staff in 2005 when it won gold at the world juniors.

It sounds like DeBoer is excited about having some expectations again.

"It's going to be nice going is as one of the favorites,'' he said with a sly grin. "I haven't been a favorite in a game in a long time.''

-- And Pete could be joined in Germany by a few of his players. Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton would have to be under consideration to play. Will they? Who knows.

"I would hope so, but I'm not in that loop. I'm just coaching. I would expect some of our guys will be in that mix, be in the discussion.''

Mark Messier, who watched the Panthers on Saturday night, is the GM of this Team Canada squad.

-- Horton stormed off the ice this morning after getting into an altercation with assistant coach Mike Kitchen. Apparently Horton skated into a drill Kitchen was running in the corner and the two had heated words.

Horton wasn't amused.

He started screaming and smashed his stick along the Panthers bench, shattering the stick before continuing to scream while throwing the bashed up shaft of his stick across the ice.

While everyone kind of looked around in stunned silence, Rostislav Olesz -- who was on the other side of the ice from the bench -- picked up the stick shaft and skated it to the bench. It was then given a proper burial in a plastic garbage can. Then practice resumed.

Horton wasn't around after practice as he was spotted rushing out of the locker room pulling on his shirt about 10 minutes before practice officially ended. Kitchen told TSN.ca that he and Horton would speak before Tuesday's game and he didn't think there would be a problem moving forward.

I wouldn't put too much stock in this one. It was pretty funny stuff -- and I'm sure Horton is probably feeling a little red faced about the whole thing.

"It's that time of year,'' DeBoer said. "If you didn't have people who were upset about the situation we were in, if the nerves weren't frayed, you'd worry about people's competitiveness.''