COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bill Guerin, who has quickly reshaped the NHL’s Minnesota Wild in his three years as the team’s general manager, has been named general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.
In addition, Chris Drury, who is in his first year as president and general manager of the New York Rangers, has been named assistant general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
“It’s certainly great to have Bill and Chris working together in building our Olympic team,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “They were exceptional players in their day, both played in the Olympics, and today they’re accomplished leaders of NHL clubs. Our team is in good hands.”
Guerin and Drury will work with John Vanbiesbrouck, an Olympian and assistant executive director of hockey operations at USA Hockey; the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group; and the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey coaching staff, in building the final U.S. roster, which is expected to be unveiled in mid-January.
Bill Guerin is in his third season as general manager of the Minnesota Wild and has quickly transformed the team to its place currently atop the Central Division of the Western Conference in the NHL.
Guerin spent the eight seasons prior to arriving in Minnesota with the Pittsburgh Penguins, including the last five as assistant general manager. He served as the Penguins player development coach for three seasons (2011-14), helping mold the organization’s minor league, junior and college prospects, many who were key contributors on Pittsburgh’s 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup teams. Guerin was promoted to assistant general manager by the organization on June 6, 2014, and served as general manager of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, overseeing the day-to-day operations of Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League affiliate, the last two seasons.
A three-time Olympian (1998, 2002, 2006) in his Hall of Fame playing career, Guerin starred in the NHL for 18 seasons with eight different teams (New Jersey, Edmonton, Boston, Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins). The two-time Stanley Cup champion (1995, New Jersey; 2009, Pittsburgh) amassed 856 career points (429 goals, 427 assists) and helped his teams to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 15 times, with 74 points (39 goals, 35 assists) in 140 career playoff contests. A four-time NHL All-Star Game selection (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007), Guerin is one of just nine American players ever to record 400 career goals and 400 career assists in the NHL.
In addition to playing in three Olympic Games, including a silver medal finish in 2002, Guerin also helped the U.S. to one of the seminal moments in U.S. hockey history when Team USA captured the 1996 World Cup of Hockey championship. Guerin also played for Team USA in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and in the 1989 and 1990 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Guerin, who played collegiately at Boston College, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.
Chris Drury is in his first year as president and general manager of the New York Rangers after being named to the role on May 5, 2021. Drury joined the Rangers front office in 2015 and his previous roles included director of player development, assistant general manager, associate general manager and general manager of the Rangers AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack.
He was enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015 after a 12-year NHL career, which included receiving the Calder Trophy in 1999 as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year and helping the Colorado Avalanche win the Stanley Cup championship in 2001.
Drury has an extensive background with USA Hockey on the international stage. He was selected as the general manager of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 (bronze) U.S. Men’s National Team for the IIHF Men’s World Championship and was also part of the management group for the U.S. Men’s National Team in both 2016 and 2017.
As a player, Drury competed in eight international events for Team USA, including three Olympic Winter Games (2002-silver, 2006, 2010-silver), three IIHF Men’s World Championships (1997, 1998, 2004-bronze), one World Cup of Hockey (2004) and one IIHF World Junior Championship (1996).
Additionally, Drury spent four seasons playing at Boston University (1994-98), where he helped lead the Terriers to the 1995 NCAA national championship. Drury captured college hockey’s ultimate individual honor his senior season as the recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and is also a two-time recipient of USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year Award (1997, 1998).