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Holmgren Named GM For 2006 U.S. Men's National Team

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced that Paul Holmgren (Somerdale, N.J.) will serve as general manager for the U.S. Men's National Team that will play at the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Riga, Latvia, May 5-21.

Holmgren most recently served as the assistant general manager for the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team that competed at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. He is also the assistant general manager for the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers.

"We're extremely pleased to have Paul as our general manager for the World Championship," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "We've been fortunate to be able to fill our management roles with elite members of the hockey community for many years and Paul no doubt continues that trend."

Holmgren's history with USA Hockey is both extensive and impressive. As a player, he represented Team USA at the 1981 Canada Cup. He moved from the ice to the bench in 1996 when he served as an assistant coach for the United States at the World Cup of Hockey where Team USA defeated Canada twice in a row to win the event. He also traveled to Nagano, Japan, as an assistant coach with the 1998 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team.

Holmgren began his NHL administrative career with Philadelphia in November 1995 and was named the Flyers' director of pro scouting in January 1996. He remained in that position until August 1997 when he was named director of player personnel. On June 14, 1999, the Flyers made Holmgren their assistant general manager.

Following a 10-year playing career skating almost exclusively with Philadelphia, Holmgren returned to Flyers as an assistant coach in 1985. He was promoted to head coach of the Flyers before the 1988-89 season, and guided the team to 107 victories and a Wales Conference Championship Series appearance during his four years at the helm. Holmgren moved on to coach the Hartford Whalers in 1992, and remained at that position until midway through the following season when he stepped down to focus on his duties as general manager of the club. He was renamed head coach of the Whalers in 1994 and stayed on in that role until November 1995.

Drafted from the University of Minnesota by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (108th overall) of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft, Holmgren began a playing career which spanned 10 years and over 600 games. He recorded 309 points (138-171) in 500 games with the Flyers from 1975-1984. Holmgren skated one season with the Minnesota North Stars before being forced to retire due to a shoulder injury.

Team USA will begin its IIHF World Championship competition against Norway on May 5 at 9:15 a.m. EST.
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