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David Quinn Named Head Coach of 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team

By USA Hockey, 03/22/23, 12:00PM EDT


Martin, Conroy to serve as part of management team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – David Quinn (Cranston, R.I.), currently in his first season as the head coach of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, has been named head coach of the 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete in the upcoming IIHF Men’s World Championship May 12-28 in Tampere, Finland, and Riga, Latvia, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

“It’s great to have David coaching our team again this year,” said Chris Clark (South Windsor, Conn.), general manager of the 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team and also the assistant general manager of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. “He knows the player pool extremely well and understands the dynamics involved in preparing a team to win a gold medal on the world stage.”

Quinn is guiding the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second straight year and has been involved with U.S. teams on the international stage multiple times, including serving as head coach for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

“David is a terrific coach who has been part of our program for a long time,” said John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich.), assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “We’re excited to have him back behind the bench.”

Quinn has also served as assistant coach for the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team and helped 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. He then went to the NHL's New York Rangers where he spent three campaigns (2018-21) as head coach.

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 University (1995-96) and the University of 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. 


Ryan Martin (Simsbury, Conn.), assistant general manager of the New York Rangers and Craig Conroy (Potsdam, N.Y.), assistant general manager of the Calgary Flames, have both been named to the management group of the 2023 U.S. Men’s National Team and will assist with player personnel.

“We’re fortunate to have both Ryan and Craig help us in putting together our team,” said Clark. “There’s a lot that goes into it and they’re both well-versed in what it takes to be successful on the international stage.”

Martin has assisted in putting together multiple U.S. teams over the past decade, including as the general manager of the 2022 U.S. Men’s National Team that advanced to the semifinals of IIHF Men’s World Championship. He has also been involved with player personnel in building multiple medal-winning U.S. National Junior Teams, including three that captured gold (2013, 2017, 2021), one which earned silver (2019) and two that gained bronze (2016, 2018).

Conroy, in his ninth season serving as assistant general manager for the NHL’s Calgary Flames, is serving as part of the management group for the U.S. Men's National Team for the first time. He played for the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and was also a member of Team USA at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. After his collegiate career at Clarkson University, Conroy went on to a 16-year NHL career and played more than 1,000 NHL regular-season games. He was a two-time finalist for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward. 

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