Burke to be US GM for the Worlds. Richards to be Assistant Coach
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will reprise his role from the Vancouver Olympics as team GM for the United States at this spring's World Championships, a source connected to USA Hockey said.
The U.S. management team and coaching staff for the World Championships, to be held in Germany in May, is expected to be named later this week, with Burke as GM and New York Islanders coach Scott Gordon as coach, the source said.
Burke was the GM of the U.S. team in Vancouver that won a surprise silver medal. He will be available to start assembling the U.S. roster right away, as the Maple Leafs failed to qualify for the NHL playoffs, which begin Wednesday.
Gordon was an assistant to U.S. team coach Ron Wilson in Vancouver and also an assistant with last year's World Championship team in Switzerland.
Minnesota Wild coach Todd Richards is expected to be named as an assistant coach, with another assistant to be added later, the source said.
Hockey Canada announced earlier this week that Florida Panthers coach Pete DeBoer and former Edmonton Oilers assistant Billy Moores will assist Team Canada coach Craig MacTavish. Former New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers great Mark Messier is Canada's GM for the tournament, which begins May 7 and runs through May 23.
I'd expect to see a lot of the Minnesota boys in there....
Yeah, that's good to see Richards getting in some more work at coaching too, which can't hurt us. I'm glad to see him getting to go there. Hopefully he learns some things and leads us into the postseason next year.