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David Quinn Tabbed Head Coach of 2019 U.S. National Junior Team

By, 04/20/18, 2:15PM EDT


Hastings, Lassonde, Miller Named Assistant Coaches

David Quinn (Cranston, R.I./Boston University), head coach of the Boston University men’s ice hockey team, has been named head coach of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

Joining Quinn behind the bench will be assistant coaches Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn./Minnesota State), David Lassonde (Durham, N.H./Dartmouth College) and Steve Miller (Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University).

“We’re thrilled to have David leading our national junior team,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “He knows the international stage and our player pool extremely well and has been a big part of our program for a long time. We know that David and our outstanding group of assistant coaches will do a tremendous job with our team.”

Quinn, while making his debut as a head coach for Team USA at an IIHF event, has been part of the coaching staff of seven previous U.S. teams in IIHF world championship play.

“It is always an honor to represent our country, and I’m particularly excited to be asked to serve as head coach in what is considered one of the greatest hockey tournaments,” said Quinn. “The United States has medaled in this tournament three straight years, which is a real testament to the growth and depth of talent across the country. We have a great coaching staff put together and we have one goal, and that is to win the gold medal.”

Quinn will be making his debut as head coach for Team USA after serving on seven U.S. coaching staffs in IIHF world championship play

A defenseman on the 1986 U.S. National Junior Team that claimed the country’s first-ever medal in IIHF World Junior Championship tournament history (bronze), Quinn previously served as an assistant coach for the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team. He also filled the same capacity for a pair of silver medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Teams (1999, 2000), three U.S. Men’s National Teams (2007, 2012, 2016) and the 2003 U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team.

Additionally, Quinn spent two seasons (2002-04) as a head coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. During his tenure at the NTDP, he led the U.S. to first-place finishes at the 2002 Four Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the 2003 Four Nations Cup in Magnitogorsk, Russia; and the 2004 Vlad Dzurilla Four Nations Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia. For his accomplishments, he was recognized as the 2003 USA Hockey Development Coach of the Year.

Quinn has led his alma mater, BU, to two HEA titles, a Beanpot title and NCAA championship game berth

Head coach of his alma mater since 2014-15, Quinn has led the Terriers to four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), a pair of Hockey East tournament titles, a Beanpot championship and a NCAA national championship game berth. 

Quinn returned to Boston University after professional coaching stints with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche (2012-13) and American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters (2009-12). As a 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 win the 2009 NCAA national championship. 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 called Christmas Disease. Prior to his career ending, Quinn was an All-Hockey East and All-New England defenseman as well as co-captain during his senior year in 1987-88 for head coach Jack Parker at Boston University.

About Hastings

Mike Hastings, head coach of the Minnesota State University Mankato men’s ice hockey team, will be behind a U.S. bench for the fifth time. An assistant coach with Quinn on the 2005 U.S. National Junior team, he filled the same role on the 2003 U.S. National Junior Team and twice served as head coach for the U.S. Junior Select Team, helping the team win the 2000 Viking Cup. In six seasons with Minnesota State, Hastings has led the Mavericks to more wins than any other team in the nation behind a 151-72-19 record while also guiding the Mavericks a trio of WCHA regular-season championships, two WCHA post-season tournament titles and four NCAA tournament appearances. He earned the Spencer Penrose Award as the top coach in college hockey in 2015 and is a two-time WCHA Coach of the Year. Head coach of the USHL’s Omaha Lancers for 14 seasons (1993-2008), Hastings left the USHL in 2008 as the league’s all-time winningest coach. He was named USHL Coach of the Year three times and league General Manager of the Year on five occasions.

About Lassonde

David Lassonde, associate head coach for Dartmouth College’s men’s ice hockey team, will be serving on a U.S. National Junior Team staff for the third time and seeking his second gold medal. An assistant coach in both 2013 and 2014, Lassonde tutored goaltender John Gibson to an MVP performance that helped the U.S. win the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Additionally, he helped the U.S. capture a gold medal at the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship that took place in Buffalo, N.Y. and was part of the coaching staff that led the U.S. Under-18 Select Team to a second-place finish at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup  in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Over his 31-year NCAA Division I men’s hockey coaching career, that has also included stops at the University of New Hampshire, University of Denver, University of Wisconsin and Miami (Ohio) University, Lassonde’s college resume includes 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament with five appearances in the Frozen Four, three conference tournament titles and six regular-season championships.

About Miller

Steve Miller, who recently completed his first season as associate head coach for the Ohio State University men’s ice hockey team, returns as a U.S. National Junior Team assistant coach for the third consecutive year after helping the U.S. to back-to-back medal finishes in 2017 and 2018. A year ago, he helped the U.S. claim a bronze medal on home ice at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., after serving on the staff that led the United States to a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, Canada. A three-time NCAA national champion as an assistant coach (Providence – 2015; Denver – 2004, 2005), Miller’s collegiate coaching career began in 1989 and has seen him contribute to 18 NCAA Tournament berths, four Frozen Four appearances, six conference tournament titles and four regular-season league championships during his time with St. Mary’s University, Miami University, University of Denver, Providence College, Air Force Academy and now at Ohio State University.

NOTES: The 2019 U.S. National Junior Team coaching staff was revealed today on NHL Network’s “NHL Now.” NHL Network is the exclusive U.S. home of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship …The United States enters the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship having medaled in three-straight World Junior Championships for the first time in U.S. history after earning gold in 2017 and bronze in 2018 and 2016 … To date, the U.S. National Junior Team has claimed 11 medals, including four gold medals (2017, 2013, 2010, 2004), one silver medal (1997) and six bronze medals (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986) … For more information on the U.S. National Junior Team, click here… USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

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