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Quinn named U.S. coach at 2019 World Junior Championship

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David Quinn was named coach of the United States for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The announcement was made Friday on NHL Now, in conjunction with USA Hockey.

The 2019 World Junior Championship will take place Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. The United States has won a medal in three straight WJC events and 11 overall: four gold medals (2004, 2010, 2013, 2017), one silver medal (1997) and six bronze medals (1986, 1992, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2018).

Quinn, who has coached Boston University for the past five seasons, will help oversee approximately 40 players at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, in August. The U.S. will be joined by Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Quinn is 105-68-21 at BU. He's coached the Terriers to four straight NCAA tournament appearances (2015-18), two Hockey East tournament championships (2015, 2018) and the 2015 Beanpot title. He was named Hockey East and New England Coach of the Year in 2015.

The Terriers went 14-3-3 in their final 20 games this season to win the program's ninth Hockey East tournament crown and reached the NCAA Regional Final for the third time in four seasons.

Quinn has helped groom many college players into professional athletes, including Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller and Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway. Four players from BU were selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft (Keller, McAvoy, defenseman Dante Fabbro and forward Kieffer Bellows).

BU left wing Brady Tkachuk, No. 2 in NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22-23, is expected to be among the first five players chosen.

"Coach Quinn's biggest thing was playing fast and physical," Tkachuk said. "If we were doing that, he knew we'd be successful. He wants guys to work hard to win all the 1-on-1 battles on the ice."

Tkachuk had nine points (three goals, six assists) in seven games at the 2018 WJC in Buffalo to help the U.S. win the bronze medal.

A native of Cranston, Rhode Island, Quinn was named successor to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame coach Jack Parker on March 26, 2013. He was an associate at BU for five seasons (2004-09).

After helping Boston University win a national championship in 2008-09 while working primarily as defense coach, Quinn was hired to coach Lake Erie, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, from 2009-12. He was named an Avalanche assistant in 2012-13.

Quinn was an assistant for the United States National Team at four IIHF World Championship tournaments: two with the men's team (2007, 2012) and two with the women's team (1999, 2000). He helped the women earn the silver medal at both tournaments.

Quinn was a defenseman for BU from 1984-87 and chosen by the Minnesota North Stars with the No. 13 pick in the 1984 NHL Draft. His career was put on hold following his junior season at BU when he was diagnosed with Hemophilia B, a rare disorder that prevents blood from clotting properly.

In February 1992, Quinn signed with the New York Rangers and played for Binghamton, then the AHL affiliate for the Rangers, and played 19 games during the 1991-92 season. He also played for Cleveland of the International Hockey League in 1992-93 before retiring.

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