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Three NAHL alumni named assistants for USA Olympic Team

September 7, 2021

Three NAHL alumni, John Hynes (Warwick, R.I.), David Quinn (Cranston, R.I.), and Ryan Miller (East Lansing, Mich.) will serve as assistant coaches to head coach Mike Sullivan for the 2022 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team it was announced by USA Hockey.

“We've got a great coaching staff in place,” said Stan Bowman, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “It's a group that knows what it takes to be successful, and through their unique and varied backgrounds will help put our team in the best position to win the gold medal."

John Hynes, head coach of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, will serve as an assistant coach of U.S. Olympic Team for the first time after a long history with USA Hockey. The Warwick, Rhode Island, native most recently served with Team USA as an assistant coach for the U.S. entry in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Hynes was an assistant coach in the NAHL for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program during the 1998-99, 1999-00, and 2001-02 season. Hynes then spent six seasons (2003-09) behind the bench as a head coach for the NTDP in the NAHL, leading his squads to a 188-131-16-10 overall record. During that time, he guided the U.S. to three medals at the IIHF U18 Men's World Championship, claiming gold in 2006, silver in 2004 and bronze in 2008.

David Quinn is serving as an assistant coach of a U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time and is no stranger to international competition.

The former head coach of the NHL’s New York Rangers (2018-21), Quinn last coached for Team USA as an assistant coach at the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship. He also held the same role at both the 2007 and 2012 events.

The Cranston, Rhode Island, native spent two seasons (2002-04) as a head coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in the NAHL. In that time, Quinn guided the U.S. National Under-17 Team to a 35-26-8 regular-season record and a 16-7-1 mark in international play.

Ryan Miller (East Lansing, Mich.) is making his first appearance representing the U.S. on the international stage as a coach after playing for Team USA on five different occasions, including twice in the Olympic Winter Games (2010, 2014).

Miller retired from a distinguished 18-year NHL career in 2021, one that included stops with four teams (Buffalo, St. Louis, Vancouver, Anaheim) and 391 regular-season wins, the most for a U.S.-born netminder in NHL history.

Miller played in the NAHL for the Soo Indians for two seasons from 1997-99. He appeared in 84 career NAHL regular season games, posting a 52-29-0 record. During his MVP season in 1998-99, he appeared in 47 games and had a goals against average of 2.30 and a save percentage of .924 to go along with 8 shutouts.

Miller won the 2010 Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender, was named the Most Valuable Player and Best Goaltender in the 2010 Olympics, the 2005 American Hockey League's (AHL) Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL's best goaltender, and the 2001 Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top collegiate player. He was also named the NCAA's best goaltender in 2001 and 2002 and holds the NCAA record with 26 shutouts.

 
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