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Sacco named to coach Team USA at 2013 Worlds

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 5:23 PM / News

NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco on Monday was named head coach of the 2013 U.S. men's national team that will participate in the 2013 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

The tournament will take place from May 3-19.

Sacco has vast experience on the international stage as both a player and coach for USA Hockey. He served as an assistant for the U.S. team at both the 2009 and 2010 Worlds. As a player, he competed in the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, and helped the U.S. team to a fourth-place finish. He also played in six World Championships (1990-92, 1994, 1996, 2002).

Sacco is in his fourth season as coach of the Avalanche. He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the National Hockey League’s coach of the year in his first season behind the bench in 2009-10, guiding Colorado to a 43-30-9 record and a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Avalanche became the first Western Conference team to make the playoffs after finishing last in the conference the previous year since the league expanded to 30 teams in 2000-01.

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1