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Notebook: Pleau, Waddell to lead World Cup team

| Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003

St. Louis Blues general manager Larry Pleau was chosen Wednesday to be the U.S. national team's GM at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Pleau was the assistant general manager when the United States won the silver medal at the 2002 Olympics. He has been involved with U.S. hockey as a player, coach and administrator.

He picked Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell to be his assistant at the eight-nation tournament next summer. Pleau and Waddell will also head the American team for the world championship earlier next year in the Czech Republic.

Wayne Gretzky and Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe were recently chosen to lead Canada's World Cup team.

The World Cup is returning after an eight-year absence. The United States won the first tournament in 1996.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Defenseman Steve Staios signed a three-year contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers. ... The Red Wings placed forward Darren McCarty on injured reserve and recalled Mark Mowers from the Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. ... Sabres left winger Jason Botterill cleared waivers and was assigned to Buffalo's minor-league affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

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