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Minnesota Wild’s Bill Guerin named GM of U.S. 2026 Olympic and 2025 NHL 4-Nations Face-Off teams

2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Round One

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JULY 07: General manager Bill Guerin of the Minnesota Wild looks on from the draft table during the first round of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre on July 07, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Minnesota Wild general manager and three-time U.S. Olympian Bill Guerin will be responsible for overseeing the building of the United States teams competing in the NHL’s 4 Nations Face-Off tournament next year and the 2026 Winter Games, USA Hockey announced on Thursday.

The hiring of Guerin as GM is a carryover from three years ago, when he was tabbed as the U.S. Olympic team general manager before having to relinquish the role after the NHL decided against players competing at the 2022 Beijing Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement comes a week after the NHL announced it will replace its all-star game next season with a four-nation round-robin tournament featuring teams from the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden. The league also announced it will participate in the next two Olympics, starting with the 2026 Winter Games in Milan-Cortina, after skipping the previous two.

“It’s an honor beyond belief to be asked to do this and I couldn’t say yes quick enough,” Guerin said in statement released by USA Hockey. “I’ve been fortunate to have many great days in hockey and this is among the very best.”

The 53-year-old Guerin is from Worcester, Massachusetts, and was a member of the Olympic silver medal-winning U.S. team in 2002, and also won Stanley Cup titles in 1995 and 2009 over an 18-season NHL career. He’s in his fifth season as the Wild’s general manager.