USA Hockey named its management staff for 2016 U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team today in Colorado Springs, Colo. and Flyers President Paul Holmgren has been named Assistant General Manager of Team USA.
Dean Lombardi, president and general manager of the Los Angeles Kings, has been named general manager of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey while Brian Burke, president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, has been named senior advisor, and Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey, has been named the director of hockey operations.
Team USA won the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996, which held multiple games as part of the first events at the CoreStates Center (now Wells Fargo Center) in Philadelphia.
Holmgren enters his 37th season as a member of the Flyers organization and second as team president after serving eight seasons as the general manager of the Flyers. During his tenure as GM, the team posted an overall record of 307-234-73 (.559) and made six appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, reaching the Eastern Conference Final in 2008 and the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Holmgren received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States in 2014.
He has served on the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group from 2009-14 and has served as the assistant general manager of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, and the general manager for the 2006 U.S. National Team at the IIHF World Championships. He also served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey Tournament.
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- The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will feature eight teams: Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North American Youngstars.
- Team Europe will be comprised of a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden -- in short, all of the other European countries who are developing world class hockey players in ever-increasing numbers. Countries such as Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Belarus, Estonia, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania (among others) will all be eligible for representation on Team Europe.
- The players for Team North American Youngstars will be selected from a pool of the best young hockey players from Canada and the United States. Those players age 23 and under will be available for selection exclusively by Team North American Youngstars.
- All eight teams will be comprised of 23 players, including 20 skaters and three goalies. Each National Association has the right to select its own team and must announce at least 16 members of its roster, including at least two goalies, no later than March 1, 2016, with the balance of each team's roster to be announced no later than June 1, 2016. To select the rosters of Team Europe and Team North American Youngstars, the NHL and NHLPA will jointly name each of the management teams.
- The 2016 World Cup of Hockey is scheduled to be played on NHL-sized rinks using NHL rules and officiated by NHL officials. Other competition matters, such as the anti-doping policy governing the tournament, the framework and procedure for supplementary discipline, the medical protocols, media and broadcasting policies and access, etc., will be the responsibility of the NHL and NHLPA in consultation with third parties, including the IIHF, where appropriate.
- The World Cup of Hockey has been conducted on two previous occasions, with the U.S. winning the first edition in 1996 and Canada taking the title in 2004. The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and its member federations.