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Drury named GM of U.S. national team

Former NHL center to direct squad for 2019 IIHF World Championship

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Chris Drury, who played 12 seasons in the NHL and is the assistant general manager of the New York Rangers, was named GM of the 2019 United States men's national team Wednesday.

Drury, also GM of Hartford in the American Hockey League, will be assisted by an advisory group led by USA Hockey assistant executive director John Vanbiesbrouck, and NHL GMs David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Don Waddell of the Carolina Hurricanes, Ray Shero of the New Jersey Devils, Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers, Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jeff Gorton of the Rangers and Paul Fenton of the Minnesota Wild.

"I'm honored to be asked and am excited about the challenge ahead," Drury said. "Our player pool continues to get deeper in the U.S. and I look forward to working with the men's national team advisory group in putting together a roster that can compete for a gold medal."

Drury, who was part of the management group for the United States in 2016 and 2017, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. A center selected in the third round (No. 72) of the 1994 NHL Draft, Drury had 615 points (255 goals, 360 assists) in 892 games through 12 seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and Rangers. He won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001.

He competed in eight international events for the United States, including the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, 2006 Torino Olympics and 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The United States will compete in the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia, from May 10-26.

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