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Lalonde to coach U.S. Junior Select team

Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 2:19 PM / News

By NHL.com Staff

USA Hockey on Wednesday announced that Derek Lalonde will serve as coach of the United States Junior Select team that will play in the 2013 World Junior A Challenge next month in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The 22-man roster for the U.S. Junior Select team, which has won four of the last five tournaments, will be announced later this month. The World Junior A Challenge will be held Nov. 4-10.

Lalonde is in his third season as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team that went 4-0-0 on the way to the 2012 World Junior A Challenge championship. In 2011-12, Lalonde led the Gamblers to Clark Cup and Anderson Cup titles.

Lalonde will be assisted on the U.S. Junior Select team by Anthony Noreen, the GM/coach of the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms, and Mark Abalan, the assistant coach for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers.

The World Junior A Challenge will include a six-team field with squads representing the United States, Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland.

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