COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Derek Lalonde (Brasher Falls, N.Y.) will serve as head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete in the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, USA Hockey announced today. The six-team international tournament takes place Nov. 4-10 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Team USA has won four of the last five tournaments (2008-10, '12).
Lalonde is in his third season as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers. Last fall, he was an assistant coach for the U.S. squad that went undefeated (4-0-0) en route to the World Junior A Challenge championship. In 2011-12, Lalonde led the Gamblers to USHL Anderson Cup (regular season) and Clark Cup (playoff) titles.
The assistant coaches for the 2013 U.S. Junior Select Team will be Anthony Noreen (Chicago, Ill.) and Mark Abalan (Duluth, Minn.). Noreen is head coach and general manager of the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms, while Abalan is an assistant coach for the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers.
The 22-man roster for the U.S. Junior Select Team will be announced later this month.
Team USA faces Canada West in an exhibition game Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. ADT. Tournament play begins for the U.S. Nov. 5 vs. Russia at 8:00 p.m. AST. The complete schedule is listed below.
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NOTES: The World Junior A Challenge is in its eighth year and the United States will be competing for the seventh time. The 2013 field includes the U.S., Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The official event website is available here ... Additional team staff includes Team Manager Marc Boxer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of USA Hockey, Equipment Manager Darrin Flinchem (Indianapolis, Ind.) of the Indiana Ice, and Team Physician Dr. Alan Ashare (Boston, Mass).