“USA Hockey has done an incredible job developing our talent pool. We really feel like we have a large pool of players to tap into so that we can compete for a gold medal.
It will have to be a quick turnaround. With the opening ceremony in Beijing less than six weeks away on February 4, the list will need to be ready by mid-January. Then there’s the task of figuring out how to get the team together before heading to Beijing.
“There are a lot of obstacles and obstacles,” said Quinn. “But I think everyone wants to play in the Olympics. We just need to make sure we’re going through the right channels and the right process to recruit the right people and build the right team. “
Quinn, a native of Cranston, RI, was recently head coach of the New York Rangers, going 96-87-25 in three seasons, before being fired after the 2020-21 season. Prior to that, he was head coach at Boston University from 2013 to 2018, returning to his alma mater after Jack Parker retired after 40 seasons and 897 wins.
The Terriers have reached the NCAA tournament in each of Quinn’s last four seasons, including an appearance in the National Championship game against Providence in 2015. He was 105-69-21 before leaving the program when he left the program. was appointed head coach of the Rangers. He was also an associate head coach of the BU from 2004-2009, helping the Terriers win the national championship in 2009.
Although this is his first Olympics, working with Team USA is familiar territory for Quinn. This is his fourth stint with the men’s team, after being an assistant in 2007, 2012 and 2016 for the world championships. He was also an assistant in 2005 for the junior team and won two silver medals as an assistant for the national women’s team in 1999 and 2000 at the world championships.
His first experience as a head coach came with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, when he was head coach for two seasons (2002-04) for the National Under-17 Team. of the United States, with a 35-26-8 regular season record and 16-7-1 international record.
USA defeat Slovakia in World Junior Championship opener
Boston University goaltender Draw Commesso made 23 saves and the defending champion of the United States opened the world junior hockey championship with a 3-2 victory over Slovakia on Sunday night.
In the lead, 3-0, after two periods, the Americans held on after Martin Chromiak scored twice for Slovakia in the final period – the last with 2:33 remaining.
minnesota forward Matthew Knies opened the scoring on a two-man advantage with 6:25 left in the first period, and Michigan Mackie samoskevich logged in 1:43 later with one man advantage. that of Notre-Dame Landon slaggert marked in the second.
The Americans will continue to play in Group B on Tuesday against Switzerland.
Simon latkoczy made 39 saves for Slovakia.
In Edmonton in Group A, first choice in draft Owen’s Power had a hat trick to help Canada beat the Czech Republic, 6-3. In the afternoon, Russia beat Sweden, 6-3, in Group B in Red Deer, and Finland edged Germany, 3-1, in Group A in Edmonton.
Power scored in the first period to take Canada to 3-2, then struck twice in 1:25 on a two-man power-play midway through the second to make it 5-3.
“I think the pucks just found me,” said Power. “The guys did a good job getting me good pucks in the right places to shoot. “
Power was taken by the Buffalo Sabers with the first pick in the July Draft. The 6-foot-6 Michigan star is the first Canadian defenseman to score three goals in a game in this event.
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