Mark Osiecki has been an assistant coach with the United States at the World Junior Championship on three occasions. The U.S. has won a medal each time.
This year Osiecki is in charge, and he'll get his first look at some of the players he'll have on his roster at the 2015 WJC at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp will run Aug. 2-9, and feature practices and games against Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic.
Osiecki won gold medals working on the staff of Dean Blais in 2010 in Saskatoon and Phil Housley in 2013 in Russia, as well as a bronze as an assistant to Keith Allain in Buffalo in 2011. He told NHL.com that his team-building formula will blend what he learned from each of his former bosses.
"There's a lot of different ways and different personalities that can work," Osiecki said. "I was in Lake Placid a couple different times but not on the staff with Ron Rolston, saw how he handled things, then worked with Dean Blais, Keith Allain and Phil Housley, and they're all different in how they approached it. A lot of different ways worked well. That's what's going to be interesting about this team going into it. "