Windfall head coach returns to U.S. bench after profitable gold medal in 2021
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nate Leaman (East Greenwich, Rhode Island/Windfall School), who led the U.S. to the gold medal on the 2021 Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, has been named head coach of the 2022 U.S. Nationwide Junior Group, it was introduced by USA Hockey.
The U.S. Nationwide Junior Group will participate within the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022, in Edmonton and Pink Deer, Alberta. Group USA is looking for its sixth medal in seven years, and first-ever back-to-back gold medals on the occasion.
“We’re very excited to have Nate again main our Nationwide Junior Group,” stated John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant government director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and in addition the final supervisor of the 2022 U.S. Nationwide Junior Group. “The championship pedigree Nate brings to the bench, and the consistency a few of our returning gamers may have from final yr’s occasion, might be a bonus for our workforce heading into this yr’s event.”
Leaman has been part of three earlier U.S. Nationwide Junior Group teaching staffs, together with his first stint as head coach in 2021, profitable Group USA’s fifth gold medal in event historical past. He additionally served as an assistant coach for the bronze medal-winning 2007 squad that competed in Leksand and Mora, Sweden. Moreover, he served as an assistant coach for the 2009 workforce that performed in Ottawa, Ontario. Leaman made his USA Hockey teaching debut as an assistant coach in 2005 on the IIHF Underneath-18 Males’s World Championship, the place the U.S. received gold in Ceske Budejorke and Plzen, Czech Republic.
“It’s at all times an honor to be requested to teach for my nation and I’m grateful to be again behind the bench,” stated Leaman. “I’m excited to see some acquainted faces, and coach a few of America’s greatest younger expertise, as we glance to construct one other championship roster.”
The 2020-21 marketing campaign is Leaman’s tenth as head coach at Windfall, the place he has led the Friars to NCAA event berths in six of the previous eight campaigns, together with the college’s first-ever NCAA title in 2015. Throughout his tenure, Leaman has coached 27 NHL draft picks along with six undrafted gamers at the moment below NHL contracts. He has additionally coached 4 gamers chosen to play for the U.S. Nationwide Junior Group, together with Jon Gillies (2013, 2014), Erik Foley (2017), Parker Ford (2020) and Brett Berard (2021). Gillies, Foley and Berard had been all a part of gold medal-winning groups.
Previous to Windfall, Leaman spent eight seasons (2003-11) on the helm of the Union School males’s ice hockey workforce the place he led the college to its first ECAC regular-season championship and NCAA Division I event look in 2010-11, a yr that marked this system’s fourth consecutive profitable marketing campaign and a then school-best 26 wins. Leaman departed Union with 138 wins, which on the time marked essentially the most in Dutchmen historical past.
Leaman was awarded the Spencer Penrose Award as the highest coach in NCAA Division I males’s ice hockey in 2011, and has additionally been a finalist for the respect 4 different occasions (2019, 2016, 2015, 2010). Leaman was honored because the Hockey East Coach of the Yr in 2016, and was named ECAC Coach of the Yr in each 2011 and 2010.
Born and raised in Centerville, Ohio, Leaman captained the SUNY Cortland males’s ice hockey workforce his junior and senior years, ending as one of many top-20 scorers in class historical past. He was inducted into the Pink Dragons Corridor of Fame in 2014.
NOTES: Leaman would be the first head coach since Bob Motzko (2017-18) to information the U.S. in back-to-back IIHF World Junior Championships … America enters the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship looking for its sixth medal in seven years after incomes its fifth gold medal in 2021 … So far, the U.S. has claimed 13 medals within the IIHF World Junior Championship, together with 5 gold (2021, 2017, 2013, 2010, 2004), two silvers (2019, 1997) and 6 bronze (2018, 2016, 2011, 2007, 1992, 1986)