Dan Brennan, director of sled national teams for USA Hockey, is returning as general manager of the U.S. National Sled Team for his 17th season. Brennan has served as general manager since USA Hockey incorporated the program in July 2006.
In his 16 seasons with the program, Brennan has helped the United States claim an unprecedented four-straight Paralympic gold medals (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022); five world championships (2009, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021); and seven Para Hockey Cup (formerly World Sled Hockey Challenge) titles (2009, 2012, 2015, 2016 (Jan.), 2016 (Dec.), 2017, 2019). He has also seen the United States win a number of other international events, including the 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup, 2016 IPC Pan-Pacific Championship, 2018 Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament, and the 2022 International Para Hockey Cup.
Additionally, Brennan and Team USA have earned runner-up finishes at two world championships (2013, 2017) and one World Sled Hockey Challenge 2011 (Nov.) as well as third-place finishes at one world championship (2008) and four World Sled Hockey Challenges (2007, 2008, 2011 (April), 2011 (Nov.).
In addition to his role with the sled hockey team, Brennan was involved with USA Hockey’s National InLine Team for the 17 seasons, including 12 (2006-17) as its general manager. Since joining the program in 1999, Team USA has claimed gold medals at one IIHF InLine Hockey Spring Cup in 1999 and three International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship (2004, 2010, 2013).
Brennan began working with USA Hockey in February 1996 as the coordinator of coaching and player development programs. In 1999, he was named manager of the ice and inline coaching education programs before being elevated to his current role as director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey in 2013. In addition to his oversight of the U.S. National Sled and Inline Teams, Brennan manages the coaching education programs, including seminars and clinics, and assists with USA Hockey’s 30 diversity programs across the United States.
Brennan’s ice hockey coaching experience includes serving as an assistant coach with the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League in 1989 and as head coach of the Coronado High School ice hockey team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1992-96.
His ice hockey playing experience includes a four-year career at Colorado College (1982-86), where he served as team captain his final two seasons. Following his collegiate career, Brennan played professionally in Sweden for three years.