Ward to assist Blais

U.S. names assistant coach for World Juniors

COLORADO SPRINGS, United States – USA Hockey named Tom Ward the assistant coach of the U.S. national junior team which will play at the 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship in Saskatoon and Regina, Canada, December 26 to January 5.

Ward is the director of hockey and head coach of the boys' prep hockey team at Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School (Minn.). He’s currently in his 11th season and has led the team to five USA Hockey Youth National Championship titles.

Prior to working at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, he served as an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota men's ice hockey team for four seasons (1995-99), helping lead the Gophers to a share of the 1997 Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship.

The U20 team will be coached by Dean Blais, head coach of the University of Nebraska Omaha men’s ice hockey team with Mark Osiecki, assistant coach of the University of Wisconsin men's ice hockey, and Ward serving as assistant coaches. Joe Exter, U.S. national goaltending coach, is the team’s goaltending coach. Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations, is the general manager of the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, while Tim Taylor, USA Hockey’s National Teams advisor, is serving as the director of player personnel.

Approximately 28 players will be invited to a three-day training camp in Grand Forks, December 17-19, which will end with an exhibition game against the University of North Dakota.

The U.S. will then take a reduced roster to Canada for its final pre-tournament game against the Czech Republic on December 22. The final 22-man roster will be announced on December 23.



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