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Assistant Coaches Named for 2011 U.S. Men's National Team

Florida's Chris Scoppetto named one of Team USA's equipment managers

Wednesday, 04.6.2011 / 1:39 PM ET / World Championship
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Assistant Coaches Named for 2011 U.S. Men\'s National Team

Support Staff Also Announced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Greg Cronin, Phil Housley, and Barry Smith will serve as assistant coaches for the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship, April 29 - May 15 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

As previously announced, Scott Gordon will serve as head coach of the squad.


Cronin will be on the staff of his second U.S. Men's National Team, having served as an assistant coach for the U.S. squad that finished fifth at the 1998 IIHF World Men's Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Cronin has also served as an assistant coach for two U.S. National Junior Teams (1997, 1998), and earned a silver medal with Team USA at the 1997 IIHF World Junior Championship in Geneva, Switzerland.

Cronin was instrumental in the institution of USA Hockey's acclaimed National Team Development Program, serving as the head coach of the NTDP's U.S. National Under-18 Team during its inaugural season in 1997-98.

The longtime coach at the professional and collegiate levels recently completed his sixth season (2005-11) as head coach of the Northeastern University men's ice hockey team. He also spent two years (2003-05) at the helm of the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers following five seasons (1998-2003) as an assistant coach with the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.

Cronin's coaching resume also includes stops as an assistant coach and interim head coach for both the University of Maine and Colorado College's men's ice hockey teams from 1988-1996. The four-year letterwinner at Colby College (1982-86) also spent one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 1987-88.


Housley, most recently an assistant coach for the bronze medal-winning 2011 U.S. National Junior Team, will serve in that same capacity on the staff of his first U.S. Men's National Team. He was also an assistant coach for the U.S. squad that captured the bronze medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Leksand and Mora, Sweden.

A seven-time member of the U.S. Men’s National Team (1982, 1986, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003), Housley earned a silver medal with the 2002 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and won gold with Team USA at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He was also a member of the 1982 U.S. National Junior Team.

He received USA Hockey's Bob Johnson Award in 2000 for excellence in international competition, and was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 following his 21-year NHL career. A first-round pick (sixth overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the first eight years (1982-90) of his career there and, in 2007, was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. Housley finished his NHL career with 1,232 points (338-894), the most by any American-born defenseman.

Housley is currently in his eighth season as head coach of the Stillwater (Minn.) High School boys’ ice hockey team.


Smith, who is on the staff of a U.S. national team for the first time, will be responsible for coordinating all video efforts for the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team.

Smith spent nine seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, first joining the club in 1999 as a minor league assistant coach for the Syracuse Crunch, Kansas City Blades and the Manitoba Moose, before serving in that same capacity with the NHL club for five seasons (2003-08). He also coached the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League for the 2009-10 season.

Previously, he was an assistant coach with the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL (1997-99), spent four seasons with the Erie Panthers (ECHL) as both an assistant coach (1992-95) and head coach (1995-96) and was head coach and general manager of the Waterloo (Iowa) Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (1996-97).

Smith played professional hockey for 10 seasons (1985-89, 1990-91, 1992-93) in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, the All-American Hockey League and British Hockey League.


USA Hockey also announced the following support staff for the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team: Bob Webster, team leader; Bert Godin (St. Louis Blues) and Chris Scoppetto (Florida Panthers), equipment managers; Dr. Hadley Callaway, team physician; Ray Barile (St. Louis Blues) and Stan Wong, athletic trainers; Peewee Willmann, massage therapist; Dave Fischer, USA Hockey's senior director of communications; and Cole Burkhalter, hockey operations.

NOTES: The 2011 U.S. Men’s National Team is under the direction of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, including NHL general managers Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida); Atlanta Thrashers president Don Waddell; and Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director for hockey operations. Paul Fenton, assistant general manager of the Nashville Predators and general manager of the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals, will serve as associate general manager of the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team ... As previously announced, Scott Gordon will serve as head coach for the second consecutive year. Gordon was an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team and the 2009 U.S. Men's National Team ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and a member of the IIHF Council, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams ... Versus will televise all Team USA games in the 2011 IIHF World Men's Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future. For more information, visit USAHockey.com.




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