Sources: Wilson to coach U.S. Olympic hockey team
4/3/2009 7:30:23 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson will be busy during the 2010 Olympic Games.
According to sources, Wilson will be officially named the head coach for the U.S. Men's Olympic team on Monday.
Wilson, who has a long-standing relationship with USA Hockey, led the team to a gold medal in the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996. He also coached the team again in 2004.
He also has Olympic experience, having coached Team USA in 1998 at the Nagano Winter Olympics.
"If I am named, it would be a tremendous honour, but as far as I know nothing's going to be determined until Monday," Wilson told reporters in Philadelphia where the Leafs were preparing to face the Flyers.
Current Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is serving the same roll with the 2010 U.S. team.
Over his career Wilson has coached the Leafs, San Jose Sharks, Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks, compiling 550 wins in 1,168 games. He coached the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final during the 1997-98 season but Washington was swept by the Detroit Red Wings.