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.
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).
Serving as head coach for Team USA is Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn./Minnesota State), head coach of the Minnesota State Mankato men’s ice hockey team. Hastings will be joined behind the U.S. bench by assistant coaches David Lassonde (Durham, N.H./Dartmouth College), Steve Miller (Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University) and Scott Sandelin (Hibbing, Minn./University of Minnesota Duluth). John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Mich./USA Hockey), assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, is serving as general manager.