Mar 23, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT
Don Lucia will be the man behind the bench when the U.S. national junior team looks to defend its gold medal title at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
USA Hockey announced during a press conference at the Xcel Energy Center that Lucia will coach the 2014 world junior team. The 2013 squad, coached by former NHL defenseman Phil Housley, won gold in January.
“We’re extremely pleased to have Don as the head coach of our National Junior Team,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey, in a statement.
“He has developed some of the best American-born players over the last 25 years and has excelled at each stop in his career. He’s a proven winner and without question one of our nation’s premier coaches.”
Lucia has recorded 622 wins as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level.
The 2014 tournament runs Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014 in Malmo, Sweden.
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