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Walt Kyle Named Assistant Coach of U.S. National Team

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
USA Hockey announced today that Rangers assistant coach Walt Kyle will serve in the same capacity for the 2001 United States Men's National Team that will compete in the 2001 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, to be held April 28 to May 13 in Germany. Kyle, along with Thrashers head coach Curt Fraser, will assist USA head coach Lou Vairo.

The announcement was made by USA Hockey President Walter L. Bush, Jr., USA Hockey Vice President/International Council Chairperson Ron DeGregorio, and 2001 U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Vairo.

Kyle recently completed his first season as an assistant coach with the Rangers. Prior to joining the club, he served as head coach of the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, the Edmonton Oilers' top minor league affiliate, for two seasons (1998-99 through 1999-2000). During the 1999-2000 campaign, he led the Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the Empire Division, and a berth in the conference semifinals.

Before joining the Bulldogs, Kyle served as an assistant coach for the NHL's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. He joined the Mighty Ducks after serving as head coach of their top development affiliates: the AHL's Baltimore Bandits and the San Diego Gulls of the IHL.

His coaching career began at Northern Michigan University, his alma mater, where he served as an assistant coach for 10 seasons. During his stay, he helped lead the Wildcats to the 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship.

Kyle is making his second appearance on the staff of a U.S. Men's National Team, after serving as an assistant coach in 1994. Also, in 1992 and 1993 he served as head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team that competed at the IIHF World Junior Championship. He guided the 1992 U.S. National Junior Team to a bronze medal after serving as an assistant coach the year earlier.
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