Once it was official that NHLers would be going to the 2022 Winter Olympics, Team USA head coach Mike Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Penguins revealed his coaching staff. Surprisingly, the group does not include Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill.
Sullivan chose two members of his own staff, former Washington Capitals coach Todd Reirden and video coach Andy Saucier. New York Rangers coach David Quinn, Nashville Predators coach John Hynes and former NHL goalie Ryan Miller complete the staff.
— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller3039) September 3, 2021
Blashill has proven to be a loyal soldier to USA Hockey over the years and generally the reward for that loyalty is a plum assignment such as the Olympic Games. He coached Team USA at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship, winning a bronze medal in 2018.
Six times, Blashill has worked behind a U.S. bench. He served as a goaltending coach for the 2009 U.S. National Junior Team. Blashill was an assistant coach for the U.S. Junior Select Team that won the 2009 World Junior A Challenge. He was also an assistant for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team that earned second place at the 2006 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
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