Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey, joins Deb Placey on the latest edition of NHL Executive Suite, available on NHL.com and multiple iOS and Android podcast apps.
Kelleher opens the conversation by discussing being the oldest of five brothers who all played college hockey and what he's learned as a hockey parent.
He also discusses the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, and how the U.S. win against the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics is, "The greatest sporting accomplishment in U.S. history and it happens to be in hockey."
Kelleher also discusses the next wave of talented U.S.-born players entering the NHL, including New Jersey Devils forward Jack Hughes, the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, and defenseman Jake Sanderson, a top prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft starring for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team.
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The NHL Executive Suite podcast is one of four podcasts available from the NHL. Fans can also find the NHL @TheRink podcast, the NHL Draft Class podcast and the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast here (link to https://www.nhl.com/multimedia/podcasts).
Listen: New episode of NHL Executive Suite