Ex-Capitals head coach Todd Reirden named to Team USA staff

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Former Caps coach Todd Reirden named to Team USA staff originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When NHL players head to the 2022 Winter Olympics for the first time since 2014, Capitals fans will have a familiar face on the Team USA coaching bench. Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan will be joined by Todd Reirden as an assistant coach when Team USA heads to Beijing to compete for the gold medal.

"We've got a great coaching staff in place," Stan Bowman, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, said. "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."

The 50-year-old spent four years with the Capitals as an assistant from 2014 to 2018 and then became their head coach for two after the departure of Barry Trotz following their Stanley Cup title. 

Reirden would reach the playoffs as Capitals head coach in both years, but two first-round exits to the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders, leading to his firing. 

After his dismissal, the former Capitals coach is an assistant to Sullivan on the Penguins, so it is no surprise that he wants someone with head coaching experience on Team USA's staff. 

The other coaches leading the Americans this coming winter are Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes, former New York Rangers head coach David Quinn, and former NHL goaltender Ryan Miller.