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Larson named coach of U.S. Junior Select Team

Friday, 09.14.2012 / 2:11 PM / Prospects

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Larson named coach of U.S. Junior Select Team
USA Hockey on Friday announced that Brett Larson has been named head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team.

USA Hockey on Friday announced that Brett Larson has been named head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team that will participate in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, Nov. 5-11, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

U.S. World Junior A Challenge schedule

Nov. 5: vs. Canada East

Nov. 6: vs. Switzerland

Nov. 8: Quarterfinal Round

Nov. 9: Semifinal Round

Nov. 10: Third/Fifth place games

Nov. 11: Championship

In addition to the United States, the 2012 World Junior A Challenge will feature two teams from Canada, as well as teams from Russia, Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Larson is entering his second season as the coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers. He led the Musketeers to the 2012 Clark Cup Western Conference quarterfinals in his first season.

Prior to joining the Musketeers, Larson served as assistant coach for three years at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he helped the Bulldogs to their first NCAA men's ice hockey championship in 2011. In his tenure (2008-11), UMD compiled a 70-40-15 record and won the 2008 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five championship.

Larson, who was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 NHL Draft, played professionally for 12 years in various domestic and international leagues. In four seasons (1991-95) on defense for Minnesota Duluth, he recorded 67 points in 133 games and captained the team his senior season.

The U.S. Junior Select Team has won three of the past four World Junior A Challenge titles, including first-place finishes in 2008, '09 and '10. The team placed third in 2011.

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