Penguins' Bylsma to coach Team USA
Dan Bylsma will coach the U.S. men's ice hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics, sources told the Tribune-Review on Thursday.
Bylsma, the Penguins' coach, was not available for comment. He will be introduced at a news conference in New York. Team USA's management and coaches also will be unveiled at the news conference.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero will serve Team USA as associate to general manager David Poile, the sources said.
Shero said Poile, his former boss with Nashville, would be a deserving choice to replace 2010 Team USA general manger Brian Burke if Burke did not want to return.
Burke will serve Team USA in an advisory role.
Bylsma was considered the front-runner for the post by many within USA Hockey.
Besides having presided over a Stanley Cup-winning Penguins team in 2009, he is perceived as an ideal coach to oversee a squad that will be made up of NHL players — if the league and International Olympic Committee reach an agreement.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said he is optimistic NHL players will participate in the 2014 Games, which will be held in the Russian resort town of Sochi.
Bylsma's candidacy also was boosted by his knowledge of Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, who are expected to play for Canada and Russia, respectively, at the Games.
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