Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was named head coach of the U.S. men’s hockey team for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, USA Hockey said on its website.
Bylsma, 42, has a 201-93-25 record in more than four seasons with the Penguins. He led the team to the Stanley Cup championship in 2009 and won the Jack Adams Award as the National Hockey League’s top coach in 2011.
Pittsburgh had the best record in the NHL’s Eastern Conference this past season and advanced to the conference finals before being swept in four games by the Boston Bruins.
“I think as each moment passes, I’m more and more honored about the opportunity to wear the red, white and blue and to be the head coach of this hockey team and going over to Russia to win a gold medal,” Bylsma, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, said on the Penguins website.
The U.S. won the silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, losing the final 3-2 to Canada on an overtime goal from Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.