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USA Hockey Fills Out Coaching Staff for 2024 U.S. Men’s National Team

By USA Hockey, 04/26/24, 11:45AM EDT


Support Staff Also Named; Team USA to play in IIHF Men’s Worlds May 10-26

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Derek Lalonde (Brasher Falls, N.Y./Detroit Red Wings), Jack Capuano (Cranston, R.I./Ottawa Senators), Ty Hennes (Kent, Wash./Pittsburgh Penguins) and Greg Moore (Libson, Maine/USA Hockey) have been named assistant coaches for the 2024 U.S. Men’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey. In addition, Alex Westlund (Flemington Village, N.J./Detroit Red Wings) will serve as goaltending coach and Mike King (Conway, N.H./Ottawa Senators) as video coach.

The group will support previously announced head coach John Hynes (Cranston, R.I./Minnesota Wild) as the 2024 U.S. Men’s National Team competes in the IIHF Men’s World Championship, May 10-26, in Ostrava and Prague, Czechia. All U.S. games in the world championship will be broadcast on NHL Network.

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Derek Lalonde, who recently finished his second season as head coach of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second straight year. Lalonde has been involved with Team USA on the international stage on two other occasions, helping the U.S. Junior Select Team to championships in the World Junior A Challenge in 2013 as head coach and as assistant coach in 2012.

Lalonde arrived in Detroit after spending four seasons (2018-22) as an assistant coach for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning where he helped the team earn Stanley Cup titles in 2020 and 2021.

The Brasher Falls, New York, native served as an assistant coach in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey first with Ferris State from 2002-2006 and then at the University of Denver from 2006-2011. He moved on to serve as head coach and general manager for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers from 2011-14 where he recorded an overall record of 114-56-8-6 and was named the USHL Coach of the Year in 2012 after helping the Gamblers earn the Clark Cup title.

Lalonde spent two seasons (2014-16) as the head coach of the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL and earned the John Brophy Award as the league’s coach of the year in his first campaign.

From 2016-18 he was the head coach of the AHL’s Iowa Wild before moving to Tampa.

Lalonde's coaching career began as a graduate assistant men's ice hockey coach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (formerly North Adams State) from 1995-98. He then had a two-year stint as an assistant men's ice hockey coach at Lebanon Valley College followed by two seasons as an assistant men's ice hockey coach at Hamilton College.


Jack Capuano, who just completed his fifth season as associate coach for the Ottawa Senators, is no stranger to international hockey.

He is serving as assistant coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second time  (also in 2017) and guided the U.S. to a bronze medal in the IIHF Men’s World Championship in 2021 as head coach.

He was also an assistant coach for Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and was the head coach of the 2005 U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the Five Nations Cup in Slovakia.

Prior to his time in Ottawa, Capuano’s 25-year professional hockey career has included time in the ECHL, AHL and NHL, including as head coach of the New York Islanders from 2010-17.

He has also had stops with the Florida Panthers, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Pee Dee Pride, Knoxville Cherokee and Tallahassee Tiger Sharks, where he began his post-playing days hockey career as an assistant coach. 

During his seven-plus seasons with the Islanders, Capuano accumulated 227 wins and led the team to the postseason on three occasions. In 2014-15, he guided the club to its most wins (47) and points (101) since 1983-84. 

Capuano’s playing career included stints with the Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. He played three seasons of college hockey at the University of Maine and earned ACHA First-Team All-America honors in his final campaign while captaining the Black Bears to a Hockey East championship and NCAA Frozen Four appearance.


Ty Hennes, who just completed his second season as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins and ninth overall with the organization, is serving as an assistant coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the first time.

Hennes began his tenure with Pittsburgh as the skills development professional at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex from 2015-18 where he supported the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA travel program and also worked in helping Penguins players return from injury, including during the team’s run to Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017. He then served as the Penguins skating and skills development coach from 2018-22 before being promoted to his current role at the start of the 2022-23 campaign.

Before joining the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex staff, Hennes was part of the USA Hockey staff as an American Development Model regional manager from 2013-2015.

Hennes played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College, where he was a member of the Eagles' 2001 national championship squad. An alternate captain as a senior, Hennes helped Boston College reach the NCAA Tournament three times, including twice advancing to the Frozen Four. 

After graduating from Boston College, Hennes signed with the Detroit Red Wings organization, playing three seasons of professional hockey. He skated for the Toledo Storm, Bakersfield Condors and Texas Wildcatters of the ECHL, and the Fort Worth Brahmas, Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs and Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League.


Greg Moore, who just finished his first year as a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, is serving as an assistant coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the first time.

Moore’s stint at the NTDP is his second after serving as an assistant coach from 2015-18, where helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

Moore returned to USA Hockey after serving as head coach of the AHL's Toronto Marlies from 2019-23. Prior to his time coaching professionally, he spent two years as head coach of the USHL's Chicago Steel, leading the team to the Clark Cup Finals in his first season.

Moore, who competed at the NTDP from 2000-02, helped the U.S. earn a pair of gold medals in his playing days, including the first-ever gold medal in U.S. history in the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2004 and also at the 2002 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

Before his time behind the bench, Moore spent several years playing professionally, including at the game's highest level for the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets. Additionally, he played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for four years (2011-15).

Moore played collegiately for the University of Maine (2002-06), where he was selected as team captain during his senior season, was a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and earned Hockey East First Team and All-America First Team honors.


Alex Westlund, who just completed his second season as the goaltending coach of the Detroit Red Wings, is making his first appearance on the coaching staff of a U.S. Men’s National Team.

As a player, Westlund helped the U.S. earn a bronze medal at the 2004 IIHF Men’s World Championship and also capture the championship of the 2003 Deutschland Cup.

Prior to his time in Detroit, Westlund spent five seasons in the Washington Capitals' organization, serving as associate goaltending coach with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears.

He joined the Capitals' organization after spending two years in Germany as the goalie coach with Augsburger in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga from 2015-17, in addition to working in the same capacity for Medvescak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League during the 2016-17 season.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Westlund appeared in more than 750 professional games in North America, Europe and Asia over the course of 16 seasons (1999-2015).He played collegiately at Yale University from 1995-99 and is the program's all-time leader in games played (99) and saves (2,704).


Mike King will serve as the video coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the fourth straight year. He has spent the last five seasons as the video coach for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and previous to that served as video coach for the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Prior to joining the Bears, King spent two seasons as a skills and development coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves.


USA Hockey also announced the following support staff for the 2024 U.S. Men's National Team, including team services Jessica Thibault (Guilford, Conn./Sacred Heart University); hockey operations Scott Aldrich (Hancock, Mich./USA Hockey); sport science Will Morlock (GrandHaven, Mich./Michigan State University); athletic trainers Stan Wong (Boca Raton, Fla./USA Hockey) and Mike Vogt (Canton, Ohio/Columbus Blue Jackets); physical therapist Daryl Moore (South Lyon, Mich.); equipment managers Jamie Healy (New Albany, Ohio/Columbus Blue Jackets) and Dustin Halstead (Aurora, Colo./Columbus Blue Jackets); team physician Dr. Michael O’Malley (Roanoke, Va.); massage therapist Peewee Willmann (Hannover, Germany); content manager Taylor Swierc (Colorado Springs, Colo./USA Hockey) and media officer Dave Fischer (Colorado Springs, Colo./USA Hockey).

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