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Laviolette, Richards, Granato named U.S. assistants

Tuesday, 07.23.2013 / 9:12 AM / 2014 Olympics

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Laviolette, Richards, Granato named U.S. assistants
USA Hockey named Peter Laviolette, Todd Richards and Tony Granato assistant coaches for the 2014 United States Men's National Team.

USA Hockey on Tuesday announced Peter Laviolette, Todd Richards and Tony Granato would serve as assistant coaches for the 2014 United States Men's National Team that will participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins will coach the team at the Olympic tournament, which runs Feb. 12-23, 2014.

The first item on the agenda for Bylsma's staff will be attending USA Hockey's orientation camp, to be held Aug. 26-27 at Kettler Capitals IcePlex, in Arlington, Va. The camp is the first step in picking the team that will represent the United States in Sochi.

Laviolette, who has coached the Philadelphia Flyers since the 2009-10 season, previously was coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. He's also coached the United States at the 2004 and 2005 IIHF World Championships and played on the 1988 and 1994 Olympic teams.

He'll be starting his fifth season with the Flyers in the fall and has guided the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs four times, including a trip to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. He also coached the Carolina Hurricanes for parts of five seasons (2003-09), leading them to the Stanley Cup and Southeast Division titles in 2005-06, as well as franchise records for wins (52) and points (112) in that season.

Richards has spent nearly two seasons as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets after joining the team as an assistant coach before the 2011-12 season. Before Columbus, Richards coached the Minnesota Wild for two seasons (2009-11). On the international front, Richards served as an assistant coach on the 2010 U.S. World Championship team.

Granato has been an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins the past four seasons, overseeing the club's forwards and penalty-killing units under Bylsma. Before joining Pittsburgh, Granato spent six years with the Colorado Avalanche, including three seasons as coach (2002-04, 2008-09). Internationally, Granato played for the United States at the 1988 Olympics.

The United States, which earned a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, will compete in Group A during round-robin play of the 2014 tournament, along with Russia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

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