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Tortorella named USA Olympic assistant

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
USA Hockey has filled out the rest of its coaching and support staff for the U.S. men's hockey team that will look for gold in Vancouver in February, and Rangers head coach John Tortorella and assistant trainer Bruce Lifrieri are a part of it.


Tortorella and Islanders coach Scott Gordon were named as assistants to Olympic head coach Ron Wilson on Monday.

Tortorella and Gordon have a wealth of international experience. Tortorella coached the U.S. team to a sixth-place finish at the 2008 World Championships in Quebec. He also was an assistant to Peter Laviolette on the 2005 World Championships team that finished sixth in Austria.

Gordon was an assistant to Wilson on the U.S. squad at the 2009 IIHF World Championships that finished fourth in Switzerland, and also played on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team.

Also named to the support staff were equipment managers Mike Aldrich of the San Jose Sharks and Derek Settlemyre of the Philadelphia Flyers; video coach Brad Aldrich of the Chicago Blackhawks; trainers Stan Wong of the U.S. Men's National Team and Ray Tufts of the San Jose Sharks; physician Dr. Michael Stuart of USA Hockey; and massage therapist Lifrieri.
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