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Deutschland Cup staff named

10/11/2011, 9:45am MDT
By USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced its staff for the 2011 U.S. Men's National Select Team that will compete at the Deutschland Cup, Nov. 11-13, in Munich, Germany.

Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, will serve as general manager of the team, while Don Waddell, whose distinguished 25-year professional career has included stints as a head coach in both the National Hockey League and International Hockey League, has been named the head coach of Team USA.

Chris Chelios, advisor to hockey operations of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, and Bill Guerin, player development coach of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, join Waddell as assistant coaches.

USA Hockey also announced the following support staff for the 2011 U.S. Men's Select Team: BobWebster, team leader; Scott Aldrich, equipment manager; Stan Wong, athletic trainer; Peewee Willmann, massage therapist; and Mike Shindle, team doctor.

NOTES: The Deutschland Cup has been held every year since 1987 and will feature Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA has participated in the Deutschland Cup on six different occasions (2002-05, 2007, 2009) ... The U.S. won the tournament in 2003 and 2004, garnered second-place finishes in 2007 and 2009 and finished third in 2005 ... The U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group, comprised of Brian Burke, David Poile, Don Waddell, Ray Shero, Paul Holmgren, Dean Lombardi, and Dale Tallon, was formed in Feb. of 2007 and assists USA Hockey in the selection of staff and players for all U.S. Men's National Teams.

ABOUT JOHANNSON:

In his 12th year at USA Hockey and fifth as assistant executive director of hockey operations, Johannson is responsible for the day-to-day management and integration of all in-sport related initiatives.

A two-time Olympian as a player (1988, 1992), Johansson was part of the management team for the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team in Vancouver, B.C. He served as the senior director of hockey operations for Team USA at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and was the team leader of the silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Johannson, who will serve as general manager of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team, has worked with 11 previous U.S. National Junior Teams, including as general manager of the bronze medal-winning 2011 U.S. National Junior Team and the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team.

Johannson, who played college hockey at the University of Wisconsin, spent five years as the general manager of the Twin Cities Vulcans, a Junior A team in the United States Hockey League. Under his guidance, the Vulcans captured the 2000 USA Hockey Junior A National Championship in Green Bay, Wis.

ABOUT WADDELL:

A former National Hockey League and International Hockey League head coach, Waddell took his first position behind the bench in 1988 following a lengthy professional playing career. After serving as a player-assistant coach for the IHL’s Flint Spirits during the 1987-88 season, he took over the reins as head coach for two seasons (1988-90) and led them to a playoff appearance his second campaign.

Waddell accepted the head coaching position with the IHL’s San Diego Gulls for the 1991-92 season, and led the club to a 45-28-0 record and a playoff appearance. He then moved to the administrative side of the game, and was named the IHL’s Executive of the Year in 1993 and 1996. Waddell eventually became an assistant general manager of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, and helped guide the club to its second straight Stanley Cup in 1998.

Beginning in 1998, Waddell became the general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers, a position he held until 2010 when he was named the team’s president. During that time, he served as head coach of the Thrashers for most of the 2007-08 season, leading the club to a 34-34-8 record.

A member of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group since its inception in 2007, Waddell has played an instrumental role in the selection process of U.S. Men's National Teams that compete in the Olympic Winter Games and the International Ice Hockey Federations Men's World Championships. Additionally, Waddell served as the general manager of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team that competed in Torino, Italy. He also served as the general manager of Team USA at three IIHF Men's World Championships (2001, 2002, 2005).

ABOUT CHELIOS:

Chelios is in his second season as advisor to hockey operations of the Detroit Red Wings. He works closely with the Red Wings front office staff, as well as the team's coaching staff to provide insight on a wide range of on-ice issues.

Chelios, who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 12 in Chicago, played 26 seasons in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers. Chelios won three Stanley Cups (1986, 2002, 2008) and three Norris Trophies (1989, 1993, 1996) and is the all-time leader in games played by a defenseman in NHL history (1,651).

Internationally, Chelios is one of only two male players to represent the United States at four Olympic Winter Games (1984, 1998, 2002, 2006) and captained his final three Olympic squads. He also helped the U.S. defeat Canada in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, one of 10 total times he represented the U.S. on the international stage.

ABOUT GUERIN:

Guerin is in his first season as player development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins and works with young prospects throughout the Penguins organization.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion (1995, 2009), Guerin played 18 seasons in the NHL with eight different teams, scoring 429 goals and recording 856 points. Guerin posted two 40-goal seasons, scored 30 or more goals five times and 20 or more 13 times. The winger also played in four NHL All-Star games.

On the international stage, Guerin earned a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and helped the United States capture the first-ever World Cup of Hockey crown in 1996. In all, Guerin represented the U.S. in seven international events.

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As we enter the 2015-16 registration season for officials, I want to give an update of what changes to expect this season.

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REGISTRATION PROCESS

Next, and a very important change, starting with this season, in order to register for a seminar, an official will have to first register as an official (online) with USA Hockey in order to gain access to the online program to register for a seminar.

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While an official is taking the open-book exam, there will be immediate feedback provided after each answer is submitted. If the question was answered incorrectly, the rule reference for that missed question will be given with the appropriate rule book language.

After completing all of the required questions, a summary will be sent of all incorrect responses with their rule references. If a passing score is obtained, then the open-book exam requirement will be complete.

If the result is a failing score, after the seven-day waiting period has passed, the official will only have to retake those questions that were incorrectly answered on their first open-book exam. The retake questions will be based on the same rule reference as the originally missed questions, but will cover a different aspect of the rule.

Once all of the retake questions are answered, the number of correctly answered retake questions will be added to the original test score to hopefully obtain a passing grade. As a reminder, there is no third attempt to pass the open-book exam.

IN-CLASS SEMINARS & ONLINE EDUCATION UPDATES
During the winter meeting, the Officials Section spent considerable time discussing seminar program feedback, and in particular, the online modules. All feedback was taken seriously and an action plan was discussed and adopted.


Two work groups were established to address the new classroom curriculums and to improve the online video modules. Both were comprised of grassroots members who could bring a grassroots perspective to their work. Both groups have completed their work and their recommendations have been adopted. The new shortened classroom curriculums have been distributed for application to this coming seminar season and the online modules are being re-engineered with improved formatting, better sequencing, animation replacing some video clips and reduction of music and voice-overs to allow the viewer to better focus on the presented material.

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