With only a month left before the start of the 2011 Deutschland Cup, USA Hockey has finalized their coaching roster and announced the entire staff in a press release yesterday. Joining the Men's team in Germany will be Jim Johannson, who will serve as the GM, Don Waddell (Head Coach), Chris Chelios (Asst. Coach), and Bill Guerin (Asst. Coach). The support staff for the team is as follows:
Team Leader - Bob Webster
Equipment Manager - Scott Aldrich
Athletic Trainer - Stan Wong
Massage Therapist - Peewee Willmann
Team Doctor - Mike Shindle
The United States look to win the tournament after finishing second in both their 2007 and 2009 efforts. They have only won the tournament on two times which came in back to back years in 2003 and 2004. The team did not to participate in the 2010 tournament.
If you aren't familiar with the Deutschland Cup, it is an international hockey tournament that has been held every year since 1987. It is fairly small, as it only elects to have four participating countries every year that play in round-robin style. The 2011 participants include Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the United States. The dates for the tournament will be November 11th - 13th in Munich. The games will be played at the Olympia Park ice rink.
For more information on the event, there a complete schedule and downloadable flyer (ticket information/cost) for reading on the Deutschland Cup's website. Yes, the all the reading material is in German - so you might want to brush up on your language skills.
To get a run down on how the 2009 Deutschland Cup went, visit the IIHF stats webpage for results, rosters, and overall stats.