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Poile named Team USA Associate GM for World Championships

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
from USA Hockey Press Release

Team USA to Compete in IIHF World Men's Championship May 7-23 in Germany

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today that its management team from the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team -- general manager Brian Burke and associate general manager David Poile -- will team up again in the same capacities to lead the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team for the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship, May 7-23, in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany. Burke is the president and general manager of the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs, while Poile serves a similar role with the NHL's Nashville Predators.

In addition, USA Hockey also announced that Scott Gordon, who served as an assistant coach of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and is the head coach of the NHL's New York Islanders, will serve as head coach of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team. Todd Richards, head coach of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, and Ron Rolston, one of two head coaches at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, will serve as Gordon's assistants.

Team USA's management group, led by Burke and Poile and also including Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director for hockey operations, and NHL general managers Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia Flyers), Dean Lombardi (L.A. Kings), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Don Waddell (Atlanta Thrashers), will select the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team.

NOTES: USA Hockey also announced the following support staff for the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team: Bob Webster, team leader; Brent Proulx (Minnesota Wild), equipment manager; Ryan Ward (New York Islanders), video coordinator; Dr. Steve Stecker, team physician; Tim Clark (Anaheim Ducks) and Stan Wong, athletic trainers; Peewee Willmann, massage therapist; and Dave Fischer, USA Hockey's senior director of communications ... Team USA opens the 2010 IIHF World Men's Championship against host Germany on May 7. The game will be played at Gelsenkirchen's VELTINS-Arena, home of the German soccer league's FC Schalke. The contest is expected to be played in front of a world record crowd of more than 76,000 spectators ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

Poile, the associate general manager for the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, will serve in the same capacity for the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team.

On the international stage, Poile served as general manager for two U.S. Men's National Teams (1998, 1999), while serving as associate general manager for the 2009 U.S. Men's National Team.

The president of hockey operations and general manger for the NHL's Nashville Predators, Poile has 27 consecutive years of experience as an NHL general manager, ranking as the second-longest current streak in the league and sixth in NHL history.

Prior to his time with Nashville, Poile led the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 14 times during his 15-year tenure.

In 2005, Poile was selected as one of four NHL general managers to sit on the first NHL competition committee, the steering body that formulates and recommends rule changes for approval by the NHL Board of Governors. In this role, he helped usher in a new era of NHL hockey, featuring on-ice innovations such as the regular-season shootout and the elimination of the red line. In 2006-07, Poile was recognized by The Sporting News as its executive of the year.

In addition, Poile received the Lester Patrick Award in 2001 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to hockey in the United States.

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