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USA Hockey picks Ron Wilson as 2016 World Juniors head coach

Ron Wilson

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson looks on during NHL hockey practice Friday, March 2, 2012 in Brossard, Quebec. The Maple Leafs fired Wilson on Friday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)


USA Hockey has announced that Ron Wilson will serve as the head coach of the 2016 National Junior Team.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Ron guiding our National Junior Team,” said assistant executive director for hockey operations Jim Johannson. “His resume speaks for itself, both as a player and a coach, and we know he’ll do an outstanding job.”

Wilson has 1,401 regular season games worth of NHL experience as a bench boss with Anaheim, Washington, San Jose, and Toronto. Over that lengthy stretch he posted a 648-561-101-91 record. Wilson also reached the playoffs on eight separate occasions and made it to the Stanley Cup Final with the Capitals in 1998.

On the international stage, Wilson led Team USA to the silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics. He also won the 1996 World Cup with the United States and was the bench boss in the 1996 World Championships when America won the bronze medal.

Team USA won the World Juniors in 2013, but they’ve finished in fifth place in each of the last two tournaments.

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