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Gordon returns as U.S. coach at World Championship

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Scott Gordon will return as coach for the United States in the 2012 IIHF World Championship for a third straight tournament, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Gordon, currently an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was also an assistant for the U.S. entry at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2009 world championships. Before joining the Leafs, Gordon was head coach of the New York Islanders for parts of three seasons (2008-10).

Greg Cronin, the former Northeastern University coach who joined the Maple Leafs as an assistant this season, will be one of Gordon's assistants. Another assistant will be named at a later date.

The team Gordon and Cronin will be coaching will be selected by a committee led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members of the group include NHL general managers Stan Bowman, Brian Burke, Paul Holmgren, Dean Lombardi, David Poile, Ray Shero, and Dale Tallon, as well as former Atlanta general manager and current Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout Don Waddell.

The 2012 world championships will take place May 4-20 in Helsinki and Stockholm. The United States will play all of its games in Helsinki. NBC Sports Network is scheduled to televise the contests involving the U.S. in the tournemant.

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