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Avs coach Joe Sacco will guide U.S. in 2013 World Championships

Apr 15, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

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It’s already official that the Colorado Avalanche’s season will end on April 27, but it looks like head coach Joe Sacco will stay busy. He was named the bench boss for the United States in the upcoming 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships, according to the Denver Post.

The tournament takes place from May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

During four seasons behind the Avalanche bench, Sacco has compiled a 128-131-29 coaching record, including this season’s 14-22-6 mark. Colorado made the playoffs one time during that run, losing in the first round in 2010.

Want more reasoning behind the decision? USA Hockey maps out his credentials:

Sacco has vast experience on the international stage as both a player and coach. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team at both the 2009 and 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship. As a player, he competed in the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, and helped the U.S. to a fourth-place finish. He also played in six IIHF Men’s World Championships (1990-92, 1994, 1996, 2002), was a member of U.S. Men’s National Select Team that competed in the 2002 Deutschland Cup, and skated for Team USA at the 1989 IIHF World Junior Championship.

  1. capsrockva - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    he’ll probably will get fired as well the GM

  2. dolphincult - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    ROFLMAO! Team Canada fans everywhere love this move! Thank you USA Hockey

  3. withseidelinn - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Wtf? Who the hell made this decision?

  4. profsudz - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    They should have picked a guy who will be an NHL coach at that time

  5. govtminion - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    “OK, first order of business. Any of you who want to go to Vegas…?”

  6. charleslouis99 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM


  7. rodeoclowndc - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Hitch would have been a much better choice – but yes, he’ll probably be otherwise occupied.

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