USA Hockey has been hard at work putting together their front office personnel and coaches for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olmypics the past few months. The announcements started when David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators, was named the GM for Team USA on June 28th. Ray Shero was also added as associate general manager, along with Brian Burke being selected as director of player personnel.
Quickly after Poile was named GM, Dan Bylsma was appointed to be head coach for Team USA on June 29th. Just under a month later the associate coaches for Team USA were announced, Peter Laviolette, Tony Granato, and the Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards.
The only other entry on Richards’ international coaching résumé is an appearance as an assistant coach of the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team during the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Germany.
Richards, who was born in Minnesota, commented on becoming an associate coach with Team USA…
“The good thing about all of this is that I have relationships with pretty much everyone,” Richards said. “I’m really excited. I’m excited to work with players I’ve worked with in the past, seeing some new players and sitting down with the coaches and preparing for one of the best events in the world.“I still say hockey players are the best athletes in the world – now I really get to work with the cream of the crop of U.S. players. These opportunities don’t come along very often whether it’s the timing or your position. It was probably more of a dream than a goal, and now my dream has come true somewhat.”
It is great to see hard work pay off in these types of situations. Our congratulations goes out to all the coaches, especially Todd Richards.