COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.), assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, has been named general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, and David Quinn (Cranston, R.I.) has been tabbed as head coach, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
“John and David have been involved in our 2022 Olympic process and are well-positioned to transition into their new roles,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “With the NHL deciding not to participate in the Olympics, we’re fortunate to have the significant experience they bring in helping form and guide our men’s Olympic team.”
USA Hockey expects to name further staff additions in the coming days, with its final 25-player men’s Olympic roster revealed in mid-January.
John Vanbiesbrouck is serving as general manager of a U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time.
He 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 and he is currently in Red Deer, Alberta, with the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team that is competing in the IIHF World Junior Championship. 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).
David Quinn is serving as head coach of a U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time, but is no stranger to international competition.
The former head coach of the NHL’s New York Rangers (2018-21), Quinn last coached for Team USA as an assistant coach at the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship. He also held the same role at both the 2007 and 2012 events.
Quinn’s other assistant coaching roles with the U.S. include the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team and helping guide the U.S. Women’s National Team to a pair of silver medals (2000, 1999) in the IIHF Women’s World Championship.
The Cranston, Rhode Island, native spent two seasons (2002-04) as a head coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. In that time, Quinn guided the U.S. National Under-17 Team to a 35-26-8 regular-season record and a 16-7-1 mark in international play.
During his tenure at the NTDP, he led the U.S. to championships at the 2002 Four Nations Tournament; the 2003 Four Nations Cup; and the 2004 Vlad Dzurilla Four Nations Tournament. For his accomplishments, he was recognized as the 2003 USA Hockey Developmental Coach of the Year.
Quinn served as the head coach for his alma mater, Boston University, from 2013-18 and guided the Terriers to four NCAA tournament appearances, two Hockey East regular-season titles and two Hockey East tournament championships.
Quinn’s career also includes stops with the Colorado Avalanche (2012-13) and AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters (2009-12). As head coach in Lake Erie, Quinn guided the Monsters to their first-ever playoff berth in 2010-11.
In between the NTDP and Lake Erie, he spent five seasons (2004-09) as the associate head coach at Boston University, where he helped the Terriers to the NCAA national title in 2009. Quinn’s other collegiate coaching positions have been at Northeastern (1995-96) and Nebraska-Omaha (1996-2002).
Selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Quinn’s playing career ended prematurely after he was diagnosed with a blood disorder. Prior to his career ending, Quinn was an All-Hockey East and All-New England defenseman at Boston University. A co-captain during his senior year in 1987-88, Quinn was also a member of the U.S. National Junior Team that claimed the country’s first-ever bronze medal at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship.
NOTES: Vanbiesbrouck replaces Bill Guerin as general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Vanbiesbrouck was part of the 2022 Olympic management team with Guerin and assistant general manager Chris Drury previously … Quinn replaces Mike Sullivan as head coach of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Quinn was previously an assistant coach on Sullivan’s 2022 Olympic coaching staff … The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is expected to be made up of Americans playing professionally in Europe and the U.S. (exclusive of the NHL), along with U.S. college players.