Jeff Blashill will coach Team USA at the coming IIHF World Hockey Championship in Slovakia, USA Hockey announced Monday morning.
This marks the third straight year he will serve as head coach of the U.S. men's national team at the Worlds.
He will be joined assistants Dan Bylsma, John Hynes and Kevin Reiter when the tournament gets underway in May.
“It’s terrific to have Jeff back coaching our national team,” said general manager Chris Drury in a news release. “He’s an excellent leader and is well-versed on what it takes to be successful on the international stage. We’re also fortunate to have a terrific group of assistant coaches and support staff that will represent us well in our ultimate goal of bringing the gold medal home to the United States.”
The Americans finished with a bronze medal a year ago and took home fifth place in 2017.
At the NHL level, Blashill has guided the Detroit Red Wings for the last four seasons. While the Wings have missed the playoffs in each of the last three years, they handed Blashill a two-year extension.
Prior to being named Red Wings head coach, Blashill was the bench boss of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins for three seasons.
The Worlds are set for May 10-26 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.