Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero was named the associate general manager of the 2014 United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
Shero, 50, will work closely with Team USA general manager David Poile and director of player personnel Brian Burke. All three men worked together to help select the roster for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal at the Vancouver Games.
Shero, Poile and Burke have been members of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group – which selects players for all U. S. National Teams, including Olympic teams – since February 2007.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Shero is entering his eighth season as the Penguins general manager. Under his watch, Pittsburgh has won one Stanley Cup in 2009, made back-to-back Cup Final appearances in ’08 and ’09 and it has an active streak of seven straight playoffs appearances – the second-longest such streak in franchise history.
Since Shero took over in May 2006, the Penguins have won a NHL-best 322 regular-season games, while their 51 postseason victories during that same span place second in the league behind only the Detroit Red Wings (61).
Earlier this month, Shero was named NHL General Manager of the Year following a season that saw his team finish with the top record in the Eastern Conference for the first time in his tenure, clinching the team’s second Atlantic Division crown since 2006. Only the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks had a better record.
Shero, who played four seasons of collegiate hockey at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., spent eight years as assistant general manager with Nashville under Poile’s watch between 1998-2006 before taking over in Pittsburgh. Prior to that, Shero was the assistant general manager in Ottawa for six seasons from 1993-98.