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2022 MWC | John Vanbiesbrouck

John Vanbiesbrouck is part of the management group for the 2022 U.S. Men’s National Team in his role as assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, have also served in that capacity for U.S. Men’s National Team in 2019 and 2021 (bronze).

Vanbiesbrouck, who was the general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, was named assistant executive director of hockey operations at USA Hockey in June of 2018 and has made a significant impact in a short time. Under his leadership overseeing the sled, women’s and men’s international programs, the U.S. has enhanced its standing as a world power in the sport.

As part of his responsibilities, Vanbiesbrouck serves as general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team He’s crafted teams that have played in the gold-medal game in two of the past three World Junior Championships, a feat never before accomplished in U.S. history. Team USA captured gold in 2021 and earned a silver medal in 2019.

While the global pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of world championships at various levels during his tenure, the U.S. has earned gold (2019) and silver (2021) at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, gold (2020) and silver (2019) at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship; bronze at the IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship (2019) and gold at the 2019 and 2021 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship.

Vanbiesbrouck had a remarkable NHL playing career that spanned parts of 20 seasons and included stops with the New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils. The five-time NHL All-Star won 374 games, the second most by any American netminder in NHL history. He earned the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the NHL in 1986 as a member of the New York Rangers and 10 years later helped the Florida Panthers advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, Vanbiesbrouck represented the United States on the international stage as a player on nine occasions, including the Olympic Winter Games in 1998; two Canada Cups (1987, 1991), four IIHF Men’s World Championships (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991) and two IIHF World Junior Championships (1982, 1983).