New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes and Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan were among five assistants named Friday to the staff of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley and Scott Gordon, coach of Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League, were also named assistants to Team USA coach John Tortorella.
"I'm looking forward to working with our coaching staff in guiding the group of players that are ultimately selected to represent our country in the World Cup," Tortorella, coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, said in a release by USA Hockey. "We have a group of coaches assembled that all bring something different to the table and that is a real positive as we move toward our ultimate goal of winning the tournament."
Capuano has guided the Islanders to two appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the past three seasons and has them second in the Metropolitan Division standings. He is second in franchise history in wins and games coached behind Al Arbour.
Hynes, in his first season as an NHL coach, has the Devils contending for their first playoff berth since they reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. Hynes was the 2011 AHL coach of the year and spent six seasons coaching USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. He won gold (2006), silver (2004) and bronze (2008) coaching the United States at the IIHF World U-18 Championship.
Sullivan was named Penguins coach on Dec. 12. He previous coached the Boston Bruins, has extensive NHL experience as an assistant coach and spent last season with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks as a player development coach. Sullivan coached the United States at the 2007 World Championship and was an assistant for the 2006 Torino Olympics. He played in the 1988 World Junior Championship before going on to an 11-year NHL career.
Housley, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November, ended his career as the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history. He coached the U.S. to gold at the 2013 World Junior Championship and has been an assistant on multiple bronze medal-winning teams at the World Championship and World Juniors.
Gordon, in his first season coaching the Flyers' AHL affiliate, coached the Islanders from 2008-11 and served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and coached their World Championship entry from 2010-12. Gordon was a goaltender for the U.S. in the 1991 World Championship and 1992 Albertville Olympics.
"We're extremely pleased with the coaching staff we've assembled," said Dean Lombardi, general manager of Team USA and the Los Angeles Kings. "It's a group that not only brings great experience on multiple levels, but is in lock step with where we're going and how we're going to get there."
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will take place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17-Oct. 1. Team USA will play in Group A with Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team Europe. Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America will be in Group B. All games will be televised by ESPN in the United States, and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.