David Quinn named U.S. Olympic men’s hockey coach

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Former New York Rangers coach David Quinn was elevated to U.S. Olympic head coach, replacing Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan after the NHL withdrew from Olympic participation.

The move was expected. Quinn was the lone member of the original Olympic coaching staff who has NHL or USA Hockey coaching experience and is not currently on an NHL coaching staff.

Sullivan was named U.S. Olympic head coach in July but gave up the role after the NHL withdrew from the Olympics last week due to COVID-19 disrupting its season.

Quinn was originally named an Olympic assistant coach in September, along with Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes, Penguins assistant Todd Reirden and longtime NHL goalie Ryan Miller, who retired earlier this year.

Quinn was Rangers head coach from 2018 until last May, when he was fired after the team missed the playoffs. He also was an assistant for the U.S. at the world championship in 2007, 2012 and 2016.

In 2018, University of Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato coached the U.S. to a quarterfinal exit in PyeongChang. Beijing will be the second consecutive Olympics without active NHL players.

The U.S. roster, expected to be made up of players in U.S. minor leagues, European leagues and the NCAA, is slated to be announced in mid-January.

USA Hockey also announced Monday that John Vanbiesbrouck replaced Bill Guerin as men’s team GM.

Guerin’s departure was also expected as he is the GM of the Minnesota Wild. Vanbiesbrouck, a retired goalie who played on the 1998 Olympic team with Guerin, is an assistant executive director of hockey operations with USA Hockey.

Guerin was named GM on Dec. 14, replacing Stan Bowman, who resigned in October after an investigation into sexual assault allegations in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks revealed he knew about the situation and did not report it to authorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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