Ulf Samuelsson enjoyed a sixteen-season career in the NHL playing for Hartford, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers, Detroit and Philadelphia. Samuelsson went on to serve as assistant coach of three NHL teams, most recently the Chicago Blackhawks under former Hartford Whalers teammate Joel Quenneville. He also head coached the Charlotte Checkers in AHL for the 2016-17 season and for Modo Hockey of the Swedish professional league. He is considered an all-time great Swedish national player with deep Euro connections.
Fun Facts: He was traded from Hartford to Pittsburgh along with NHL Seattle GM Ron Francis in March 1991, resulting in two consecutive Stanley Cup titles in 1991 and 1992. He has two sons and a daughter that played in the U.S. Development Program.
Cammi Granato captained the U.S. women's hockey team that won the gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. She is a two-time Olympian and played in every women's world championship from 1990 to 2005. She played college hockey for Providence College as well as Concordia University in Montreal. She was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. Granato also won the Lester Patrick Trophy for her contributions to U.S. hockey.
Fun Facts: Granato is the NHL's only female pro scout. Her brother, Tony, is a former NHL player and now the men's head coach at NCAA powerhouse Wisconsin. Her brother, Don, is an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres. Her husband, Ray Ferraro, is a popular broadcaster and 18-year NHL veteran who played with Ron Francis on the Hartford Whalers.
Stu Barnes played center for sixteen NHL seasons with five teams: Winnipeg, Florida, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Dallas. He was drafted fourth overall in the 1989 NHL Draft; Mats Sudin was selected No. 1 while newly appointed Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin followed Barnes at No. 5. He served five seasons as NHL assistant coach with the Dallas Stars. After leaving the Stars in 2012-13, Barnes served in a dual capacity as co-owner of Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans based in Kennewick, WA and head coach of the Okanagan Academy Prep hockey team. As a junior, he also played for Tri-City for two seasons, scoring 185 points in 113 games.
Fun facts: Barnes played for and coached with Dave Tippett, ex-NHL Seattle senior advisor. He grew up in Spruce Grove, Alberta, which named a hockey arena after him.
Dave Hunter brings with him a decade of pro and amateur scouting experience in the NHL, getting a part-time start scouting amateur and rising to pro scout. He worked alongside Seattle GM Ron Francis with the Carolina Hurricanes. Hunter played all four college years at Cornell from 1982 to 1986 and has deep coaching experience at Massachusetts high schools, including helping lead first public high school team to coveted state champions in hockey-mad Massachusetts. As head coach at MIT for four seasons, he won two championships in the Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association.
Fun facts: Hunter was born in Glasgow, Scotland. But he was raised in the hockey hotbed of St. Catharines, Ont., where he played junior hockey.
John Goodwin comes with extensive coaching experience in OHL juniors, including four seasons as assistant coach and three seasons as head coach of the Oshawa Generals. As a player, he led the OHL in scoring in 1980-81 with 56 goals and 110 assists in 68 games, which means he nearly averaged a goal or assist in nearly every period of every game. He additionally played five seasons in the American Hockey League (282 points in 315 games).
Fun facts: Goodwin starred for the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, following in the footsteps of new boss, Ron Francis, and Wayne Gretzky (who actually left to play in the World Hockey Association, opening up a spot for Goodwin as a OHL rookie). He is considered to be an offensive-play guru.