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Scott Young Named Assistant Coach of 2022 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

Penguins director of player development Scott Young has been named an assistant coach of the 2022 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Young, 54, will serve as an assistant on David Quinn's staff alongside fellow assistant coaches Mike Hastings, Brett Larson, David Lassonde and Alex Dawes.

This will mark the second time Young has been behind the bench at the Olympics, having previously served as an assistant coach on Tony Granato's staff at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. As a player, he represented his native country on the international stage multiple times over the course of 17 years from 1985 to 2002. He participated in three Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 2002), three IIHF World Championships (1987, 1989, 1994), three World Junior Championships (1985, 1986, 1987), and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey where he helped guide the U.S. to gold. The entire 1996 U.S. World Cup championship team, which defeated Canada, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as a group in 2016.

The Clinton, Massachusetts native is one of 12 U.S.-born players to compete in three Olympic Games. He won silver at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and led the U.S. to their first-ever WJC medal in the 1986 tournament with four points (2G-2A) in seven games. In 20 career Olympic Games as a player, Young tallied eight goals and 15 points.

A 2017 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Young is in his fifth year as the director of player development for the Penguins. Prior to his hockey operations career with Pittsburgh, Young served as an assistant coach with Boston University (2015-17) and director of hockey operations for the men's program in 2014-15. After retiring from the NHL in 2006, Young transitioned into a head coaching role with his alma mater, St. Mark's School in Massachusetts (2010-2014).

Prior to finding his way into player development, Young spent 17 years in the NHL which included two Stanley Cup championships with Pittsburgh (1991) and Colorado (1996). In 1,181 games, Young amassed 342 goals, 415 assists and 757 points between the Hartford Whalers (1987-1991), Pittsburgh Penguins (1991), Quebec Nordiques (1992-1995), Colorado Avalanche (1995-1997), Anaheim Mighty Ducks (1997-98), St. Louis Blues (1998-2002) and Dallas Stars (2002-2006). The former 1996 first round (11th-overall) draft pick ranks 17th among all U.S.-born players in NHL games played, tied for 14th in goals, 25th in points and 11th in shots (3,501). Young tacked on 87 points (44G-43A) in 141 career NHL playoff contests.

Before turning pro, Young played two seasons of college hockey at Boston University, where he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year as a freshman. During his time with the Terriers, Young was teammates with Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan.

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