Don Waddell is an original member of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that was formed in February of 2007 to assist USA Hockey with the selection of players and staff of U.S. Men’s National Teams, including the Olympic Team.
In Fall 2013, Waddell was named international consultant for USA Hockey, with particular focus on player identification and interface with the U.S. National Junior Team and USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
Waddell has had a long-standing relationship with USA Hockey. He served as the general manager for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that competed at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, as well as the U.S. Men’s National Team that played in the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship.
In addition, Waddell was the assistant general manager for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey team and held the same position for the U.S. Men’s National Team that captured the bronze medal at the 2004 IIHF Men’s World Championship in the Czech Republic, a feat that qualified the United States for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. In 2011, he was the head coach for Team USA at the Deutschland Cup in Germany.
Waddell also served as general manager for both the 2001 and 2002 U.S. Men’s National Teams and he was the assistant general manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team that competed in the 1999 IIHF Men’s World Championship.
As a player, he helped the 1983 U.S. Men’s National Team to the IIHF Pool B World Championship in Tokyo, Japan, and was a member of the first-ever U.S. National Junior Team at the 1977 IIHF World Junior Championship before returning with the 1978 U.S. National Junior Team.
Waddell is currently in his third season as a pro scout for the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
He spent 13 years with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, serving as the only general manager in club history from 1998-2011. He also took on president duties for the team during the 2010-11 season. On two occasions he took over as interim head coach of the Thrashers.
Prior to joining Atlanta, Waddell served as assistant general manager for the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.
Waddell and his wife, Cheryl, have a daughter, Chelsea.