COLORADO SPRINGS --
Keith Allain, one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the United States, was named head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team Wednesday. The appointment marks Allain's third stint as head coach of a U.S. National Junior Team, having taken on the role in 2001 and 2002.
"It is a great honor to be chosen to coach this team," Allain said. "Every time you get to represent your country, it's a terrific experience. The chance to do so in front of our home fans will make this occasion even more special."
The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011 in Buffalo. The U.S. will be aiming for its second consecutive title, having won the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.
Allain owns a 9-3-2 overall record as a head coach in the event, giving him the top winning percentage (.714) of any U.S. head coach to have served on multiple teams. He was also an assistant coach on the 2008 U.S. National Junior Team, and served as an advance scout for Team USA in 2000.
In addition to his U.S. National Junior Team experience, Allain has served as an assistant coach on two U.S. Olympic teams (1992, 2006) and two U.S. Men's National teams (2005, 2006). He also served as an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey squad and was the goalie coach for the 2004 U.S. World Cup of Hockey team.
"Keith has a wealth of experience, including at the international level, and we're really pleased that he's agreed to lead our team in Buffalo," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, who will also serve as general manager of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "He knows how to get the most out of players and has proven that at every level of hockey."
Allain currently serves as head coach of the Yale University men's ice hockey team, a position he has held since April 2006.
Also appointed Wednesday were assistant coaches Mark Osiecki
, Phil Housley and Joe Exter