USA Hockey announced its coaching staff for the 2007 U.S. Men's National Team, including head coach Mike Sullivan, associate head coach Barry Smith and assistant coach David Quinn. Team USA will compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship April 27-May 13 in Moscow, Russia.
"Our National Team Advisory Group did an excellent job in assembling an outstanding coaching staff," said Jim Johannson (joh-HAHN-suhn), senior director of hockey operations at USA Hockey. "Each of these coaches brings a unique perspective to the table and their combined experience will be a tremendous benefit in guiding our team at the World Championship."
USA Hockey's National Team Advisory Group consists of National Hockey League general managers Brian Burke (Anaheim Ducks), David Poile (POY-uhl) (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (SHEER-oh) (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Don Waddell (Wah-DEHL) (Atlanta Thrashers).
Sullivan, a former head coach of the NHL' Boston Bruins and an 11-year NHL veteran, is making his second USA Hockey coaching appearance. In 2006, Sullivan served as an assistant coach under Peter Laviolette with Team USA at the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
"It's always an honor and a privilege to represent your country in an international event," said Sullivan. "I look forward to having the opportunity to work with a great group of American players, coaches and managers. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity and can't wait until the games begin.
Sullivan spent two seasons (2003-05) as the Bruins' head coach after becoming the 26th head coach in team history on June 23, 2003. In his first season behind the Boston bench, he led the club to the Northeast Division title and the second-best record in the Eastern Conference with a 41-19-15-7 mark, 104 points and a .634 win percentage.
Sullivan came to Boston after serving one season as the head coach of the Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate in Providence. Under his watch, Providence captured its third division title as it won the North Division with a 44-20-11-5 record. His record behind the Providence bench was 41-17-9-4 through March 20, 2003, when he was promoted to Boston as an assistant coach under interim head coach Mike O'Connell. Sullivan returned to Providence following the 2003 NHL playoffs and was behind the bench for the final three games of Providence's four-game AHL playoff series loss.
Sullivan played four seasons of college hockey at Boston University (1986-90) and totaled 138 points (61-77) in 141 games. The center was drafted by the New York Rangers as their fourth pick (69th overall) in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.
Sullivan played 11 years in the NHL (1991-2002) with San Jose, Calgary, Boston and Phoenix. During that time he scored 54 goals and added 82 assists in 709 games.
ABOUT BARRY SMITH
Smith, associate head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, is making his third appearance with a U.S. men's team after serving as an assistant to Bob Johnson at the 1991 Canada Cup and to Ron Wilson at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Prior to arriving in Phoenix, Smith spent 11 seasons as associate head coach with the Detroit Red Wings, where he contributed to three Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998 and 2002). Smith came to Detroit after serving as an assistant at Pittsburgh for three years, where he helped the Penguins to a pair of Stanley Cup titles (1991-92). Smith also spent three years as an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres.
Smith has a multitude of international coaching experience on his resumÃƒÂ©, having coached in Sweden, Norway and Italy. He served as an assistant coach for Norway's national team from 1984-86 and led the Italian National Team at the 1989 IIHF World Championship. As a credit to his international reputation, Smith was selected to be an associate head coach for Sweden's national team at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
ABOUT DAVID QUINN
Quinn, who has spent the last three years as an associate head coach for the Boston University men's ice hockey team, has been involved with USA Hockey since 1995, when he served as a member of the coaching staff for the U.S. Women's Select Camp. Quinn served as an assistant coach for the silver-medal winning 1999 and 2000 U.S. Women's National Teams at the IIHF Women's World Championship and was also selected as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Prior to arriving at Boston University, Quinn spent two seasons (2002-04) as the head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 team within USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. In that time, Quinn guided Team USA to a 35-26-8 regular-season record and a 16-7-1 mark in international play. During his tenure at the NTDP, Quinn lead Team USA to first-place finishes at the the 2002 Compuware Four Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., the 2003 Four Nations Cup in Magnitogorsk, Russia, and the 2004 Vlad Dzurilla Four Nations Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia.
NOTES: Other members of the 2007 U.S. Men's National Team staff include team leader Bob Webster, athletic trainer Stan Wong, team physician Yani Zinis and massage therapist Misha Manchik Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Additional staff appointments and a player roster will be announced at a later time.