To Guide U.S. Junior Team
NMU bench boss gets third WJC head coaching assignment
Kyle was head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team in 1992
USA Hockey has
tabbed Northern Michigan's Walt Kyle to serve as head coach of the
U.S. National Junior Team at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship.
scheduled for Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Vancouver, Kelowna and Kamloops,
B.C., marks the World Junior Championship head coaching assignment
for Kyle. He piloted the U.S. to a bronze medal in 1992, and led
the Americans to a fourth-place finish the following year.
"It's a great honor anytime you get to represent your country
in a game you love," said Kyle in a prepared statement. "The
World Junior Championship is a great event with the best players
in the world competing, and the team that goes in the most prepared
and focused will ultimately succeed."
Kyle, a Northern
Michigan graduate, returned to his alma mater in 2002 and has guided
the Wildcats to a 65-44-13 mark in three seasons and three straight
trips to the CCHA Super Six. Last year, NMU won 17 games in CCHA
play, their best league showing since posting an 18-4-0 record in
also announced that National Team Development Program coach John
Hynes will be an assistant on the U.S. Junior Team staff. The former
Boston University player and assistant coach, who has been with
the NTDP since 1998, served as coach of the U.S. National Under-17
Team last season. He was an assistant on the U.S. squad that won
the gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Championship in Finland.
The U.S. National Junior Team tryout camp will be held in August
in Lake Placid, N.Y. The list of invitees to the camp will be announced