Congratulations to Boston College associate coach Greg Brown, named an assistant coach of the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team, according to an announcement made by USA Hockey today. Brown, along with Denver's David Lassonde and St. Cloud State's Bob Motzko, will serve as an assistant coach under head coach Don Lucia, bench boss at Minnesota.
Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.) will be making his Team USA coaching debut, though he has contributed to a pair of U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camps, including last summer's event. Currently an associate head coach for the Boston College men's ice hockey team, Brown is in his ninth season as a member of the Eagles' coaching staff. He has helped guide BC to five NCAA Frozen Fours, including national championships in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Brown is a two-time U.S. Olympian, having played for the both the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey teams.
The U.S. National Junior Team will compete in 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. Coach Brown will likely miss the Eagles holiday tournament -- Three Rivers Classic against two of Bowling Green, Penn State and Robert Morris -- as well as a non-conference game at Brown next season.
The Americans will be looking to repeat as gold medal winners in 2014 and is seeking its fourth medal in five years, having won gold in 2013 and 2010 and the bronze medal in 2011. This year's hero, BC's Johnny Gaudreau, won't be there, but the U.S. seems to have assembled an all-star coaching staff to help them repeat as World Juniors champs.