USA Hockey named Nebraska-Omaha hockey coach Dean Blais to lead the U.S. National Junior Team during the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship is held in Alberta, Canada. This is the third time Blais has been named to coach for Team USA.
“I’m extremely honored to coach this team,” Blais said. “It’s really exciting to see how far hockey has come in our country. We now go into the World Juniors expecting to win and that will be our mind set from the summer camp right through the tournament next December and January in Edmonton and Calgary.”
Blaise led the junior Team USA squad to a sixth-place finish at the 1994 WJC in the Czech Republic, and again coached in 2010, when the U.S. won a monumental championship with a memorable 6-5 overtime victory over host Canada in the gold-medal contest. It was the second gold won by the U.S.
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