Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan to coach U.S. men’s hockey group, if NHL players go to Beijing

Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins will coach the U.S. men’s hockey team if the NHL goes to the 2022 Winter season Olympics in Beijing.

United states of america Hockey introduced its coaches for the 2022 Online games on Wednesday. Alongside with Sullivan, Joel Johnson of the College of St. Thomas will mentor the women’s national crew, which seeks its 2nd straight gold medal. David Hoff was named the head coach for the U.S. Paralympic sled hockey staff.

Sullivan, 53, has served as head coach of the Penguins for the earlier 6 seasons, profitable back-to-back again Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017. The Massachusetts native has a life span coaching record of 321-187 with 15 ties and 66 extra time losses with the Penguins and Boston Bruins. He has global working experience, most lately obtaining served as an assistant mentor to John Tortorella in the 2016 Environment Cup of Hockey. He also served as an assistant coach on Peter Laviolette’s staff members at the 2006 Wintertime Olympics.

Penguins president of hockey operations Brian Burke reported the staff was enthusiastic when United states of america Hockey attained out and questioned Sullivan to mentor the Olympic team.

“We consider he warrants it. We frankly imagine he need to have been a finalist for NHL coach of the 12 months. It’s going to be a wonderful expertise for him, if we go,” stated Burke, who was the standard manager for Crew United states in 2010 and director of player staff in 2014.

Burke explained Sullivan tends to make for a good Olympic coach for the reason that he understands the nuances associated with a quick match.

“It is really truly essential. Persons you should not realize how rapidly the Olympics arrive and then go. You gotta get your crew on the exact same website page proper absent, and the teams that will not have issues. So you gotta decide the proper crew, fill all the correct roles and the coach has to get them on the identical site immediately. You can find no down time,” Burke reported.

Sullivan marks the second Penguins coach to direct the men’s Olympic hockey crew in the earlier decade, as Dan Bylsma led the 2014 group to a fourth-position finish in Sochi.

The NHL’s 2021-22 frequent-time agenda will include a split for the Winter Olympics, reportedly scheduled from Feb. 5-22.

But NHL participation in the Winter season Game titles isn’t but guaranteed. Just after skipping the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, the NHL agreed to let its gamers to return to the Olympics in 2022 and 2026 as component of the 4-calendar year extension of the collective bargaining agreement it struck with the NHL Players Association past summer months. But there are nonetheless specifics, which includes about COVID-19 insurance, that need to be ironed out with the NHLPA and the Global Ice Hockey Federation.

On the women’s side, Johnson has much more than 20 several years of collegiate working experience, which involves two stints (1999-2004 and 2010-2021) in excess of 16 years as both assistant or associate coach for the College of Minnesota women’s ice hockey software. He’ll be behind the bench for the IIHF Women’s Globe Championship (Aug. 20-31) in Calgary, Alberta. The U.S. is making an attempt to win a sixth straight gold medal in that match.