COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.) has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Minsk, Belarus, May 9-25. Team USA is the defending bronze medalist in the event.
Laviolette has previously represented the United States in international competition on numerous occasions in several different capacities. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and was the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Torino, Italy. Prior to that, Laviolette was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men's World Championship in back-to-back years (2004, 2005), leading the United States to the bronze medal in 2004.
He also served as an assistant coach for the United States during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he helped Team USA to the semifinals.
Laviolette, who led the Carolina Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup, has more than 750 games of NHL head coaching experience. From 2009-13, he directed the Philadelphia Flyers, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 and winning the Atlantic Division in 2011. Laviolette was behind the Carolina bench from 2003-08. In addition to winning the Cup in 2005-06, Carolina won the Southeast Division title and set franchise records for wins (52) and points (112). Also that season, Laviolette was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. His first two seasons as head coach in the NHL were with the New York Islanders (2001-03), where he helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs each season.
Before becoming an NHL head coach, Laviolette spent three seasons in the Boston Bruins organization, serving as assistant coach with the NHL club in 2000-01, and as head coach of the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate, Providence, for two seasons (1998-99, 1999-2000). In his first year at Providence, Laviolette guided the team to a Calder Cup championship and received the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year.
As a player, Laviolette skated for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in both the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games, serving as captain during the 1994 tournament. He also spent 11 years in professional hockey, including a 12-game stint with the New York Rangers in 1988-89.
As a collegian, Laviolette played four seasons (1982-86) at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, where he appeared in 93 games and contributed 43 goals and 44 assists.
Joe Sacco (Medford, Mass.) is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team for the third time (2009, 2010). A year ago, he was head coach of the U.S. squad that won the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland. Sacco is an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres.
Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.) is serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second year in a row and third time overall (2011). Last year, he helped Team USA win the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship. Housley was the head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team that won the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Currently, Housley is an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators.
Don Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.) will serve as an assistant coach on his first U.S. Men's National Team. Granato is currently in his third season as a head coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He directed the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2013-14. Last season, he led the U.S. National Under-18 Team to the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship. Additionally, he will be an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team.
USA Hockey also announced that Bob Webster (USA Hockey) will serve as team leader, Lawrence Feloney (Nashville Predators) will serve as the video coordinator, and Mark DePasquale (Calgary Flames) and Scott Aldrich (USA Hockey) will handle equipment manager duties. Additionally, Tim Macre (Buffalo Sabres) and Stan Wong (USA Hockey) will serve as athletic trainers; Dr. Ron Royce will be the team physician; Pee Wee Willmann will serve as massage therapist; and Matt Trevor (USA Hockey) will handle communications.
The staff and players of the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. Other members, all affiliated with National Hockey League teams, include Stan Bowman (Chicago), Brian Burke (Calgary), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh), Dale Tallon (Florida), and Don Waddell (Pittsburgh). Tom Kurvers (Tampa Bay) will be part of the advisory group for this year's championship.
NOTES: USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … Sixteen teams will compete at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, split into two groups of eight. Teams will play a round-robin format among their group with the top four teams from each group advancing to quarterfinals … NBC Sports Network is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future.
RIGA, Latvia – Patrick O’Sullivan (Winston Salem, N.C./Houston Aeros), added to the 2006 U.S. Men’s National Team roster yesterday and arriving just four hours before the game tonight, scored the game-winner off a one-timer on a four-on-three man advantage 2:27 into the third period as Team USA downed host Latvia, 4-2, at the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. The game was played before a raucous crowd of 9,083 at Arena Riga.
The win guaranteed the United States a spot in the quarterfinal round regardless of how it fares Tuesday (May 16) in its final Qualification Round game against the Czech Republic.
“It was one of the most difficult environments I’ve ever been involved in,” said Mike Eaves, head coach of Team USA, referring to the deafening noise made by the Latvian crowd throughout the game, aided by use of horns, drums and other noisemakers. “It took our players a while to get used to it and adapt. We persevered though. I’m pleased with the victory and happy we’re moving on.
After a scoreless first period, Team USA got out to a 1-0 lead just 59 seconds into the second stanza when Ryan Malone (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins/St. Cloud State University) deflected Mark Cullen’s (Moorhead, Minn./Chicago Blackhawks/Colorado College) shot from the left point high up into the air and over the head of Latvian netminder Sergejs Naumovs. Latvia answered just 1:13 later as Lauris Darzins took advantage of a U.S. turnover and spun around from the side of the right circle to fire one past netminder Craig Anderson (Park Ridge, Ill./Chicago Blackhawks). The Americans regained the lead at 14:39 when Dustin Brown (Ithaca, N.Y./Los Angeles Kings) banged home his own rebound with the United States up a man. It looked as though Team USA would take a two-goal lead less than 30 seconds later, but replays showed Mike Komisarek’s (West Islip, N.Y./Montreal Canadiens/University of Michigan) blast from the top of the left circle rang off both posts.
Latvia tied the game just 1:00 into the third period when Aleksandrs Semjonovs beat Anderson to the glove side from 12-feet out. Just 1:27 later, O’Sullivan scored what proved to be the game-winner off a nice feed from Cullen. Defenseman Ryan Suter(Madison, Wis./Nashville Predators/University of Wisconsin) added an insurance goal for Team USA at 9:50 when he blasted one through the legs of Naumovs from the left dot on the power play.
Anderson picked up the win in goal for Team USA with 22 saves while Naumovs had 23 stops in the loss.
Team USA has two days off before facing the Czech Republic Tuesday (May 16) in the final qualification-round game for both teams. Opening faceoff is set for 3:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. EDT) at Arena Riga.
NOTES: Team USA had a big night on special teams. The U.S. power play connected on three-of-nine opportunities, while the Americans killed off nine of 10 Latvian power-play attempts … Catherine Todd Bailey, the U.S. ambassador to Latvia, attended tonight’s game … Brown had a power-play goal tonight. He has four goals in the World Championship, all on the power play.
LAT 0-1-1 -- 2
USA 0-2-2 -- 4
First Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: LAT, Daugavins (high-sticking), 0:48; Semjonovs (high-sticking), 3:33; Semjonovs (high-sticking), 3:33; USA, Bench (too many players), 7:10; USA, Gill (cross-checking), 9:24; USA, Malone (boarding), 11:24; USA, Gill (cross-checking), 12:54; LAT, Saviels (holding), 18:54.
Second Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Malone (Cullen, Brown), 0:59; 2, LAT, Darzins (unassisted), 2:12; 3, USA, Brown (Kessel), 14:39 (pp). Penalties: USA, Brown (charging), 3:57; USA, Brown (cross-checking), 6:57; LAT, Pujacs (tripping), 13:04; USA, Gill (holding), 16:59; LAT, Saviels (interference), 17:36; LAT, Galvins (hooking), 19:00; USA, Brown (interference), 19:15.
Third Period – Scoring: 4, LAT, Semjonovs (Daugavins), 1:00 (pp); 5, USA, O’Sullivan (Cullen), 2:27 (pp); USA, Suter (unassisted), 9:50 (pp). Penalties: USA, Gill (high-sticking), 0:38; LAT, Tambijevs (slashing), 0:38; USA, Kessel (roughing), 1:30; LAT, Pujacs (roughing), 1:30; LAT, Darzins (high-sticking), 2:11; USA, Meyer (tripping), 7:40; LAT, Nizivijs (holding), 9:25; USA, Brown (charging), 10:32.
Shots By Period 1 2 3 Total
LAT 7 8 9 24
USA 11 10 6 27
Goaltending (SH-SV) 1 2 3 Total
LAT, Naumovs, 60:00 11-11 10-8 6-4 27-23
USA, Anderson, 60:00 7-7 8-7 9-8 24-22
Power Play: LAT 1-10, USA 3-9
Penalties: LAT 11-22, USA 12-24
Officials: Referee-Peter Jonak; Linesmen-Milan Novak, Leo Takula