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Tortorella named US head coach for the World Cup

World Cup of hockey is a new-old idea of ​​the International Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL. After a 12 year we will again see the best worlds teams at this tournament.

The tournament will be held next year in Toronto, and the participants of the World Cup will be eight teams. Apart from the hosts – Canadians are representations of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and of course the United States. In Canada will also play team of the United States under the age of 23 and … Team Europe – a team made up of the best hockey players from countries that are not participants in the event.

Although the World Cup is less than a year from today we know the name of the United States National Team. The coach of Americans will be  John Tortorrela.

It is an extremely colorful character in the history of the NHL. In 2004, he led a team of Tampa Bay Lighnting to win the Stanley Cup. Still he holds the best record of won games in the National Hockey League among all coaches born in the United States (446 wins). Tortorrela was also the coach of the United States at the World Championships in Quebec in 2008, and assistant Ron Wilson at the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, where the US team won the silver medal.

Despite the huge experience, the choice that Tortorrela will lead the US team can be a big surprise for hockey fans. 57-year old American was without a job from 1 May 2014. The last team he led was a Vancouver Canucks team.

Known for specific post-match speech coach last season spent on … improving his coaching workshop. It was the first season  from 1998-1999 in which Tortorrela did not conduct any team. As he said in a radio interview he spent this year on an analysis of every (!!) goal scored in the NHL last season.

According to the official website of the American association of hockey the selection of 57-year-old was made by the managers of the NHL teams. He was chosen by Dean Lombardi (LA Kings manager), Brian Burke (president of the Calgary Flames) and the president of the Philadelphia Flyers, Paul Holmgren.

Another serious candidate to fight for victory in the World Cup is a Canada. Canadians, however, reveal the name of his trainer until early-October. The most frequently names in the race for this position are Mike Babcock (coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs) and Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks coach).

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Y. Terao: – The Islanders are a top notch organisation.

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One of the biggest Asian superstar ever Yuri Terao made a new step in the ladder of hockey world. Terao is one of the top young forwards in Japanese hockey. He was selected Best Forward at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship Division I Group B (11 points). After great U18 and U20 tournament he was noticed by New York Islanders scouts who invited Terao to attend in hockey development camp. He was one of three Asian players invited for this camp.

– I enjoyed participating in the camp a lot. It was my second year being invited to the camp. I didn’t have a chance to meet any really famous players, but had the opportunity to play with the Islanders high end draft picks. It was great playing with players of that caliber. The Islanders are a top notch organisation with a great coaching staff. I felt I really benefited from the experience. There were two other Asians at the camp. It was great getting to know them and I wish them the best in the future. Being from Asia, I hope all three of us can play at the top level – told Terao.NHL_New_York_Islanders_Japan_Yuri_Terao

Now Terao didn’t come back to Japan. He continues his American dream in a new world. After participating in hockey minicamp camp in New York he got an offer from USHL’ team Waterloo Blackhawks and he started to live his American dream with a hope to reach the National Hockey League.

This season I hope to play for Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL. We are in the middle of tryout camp right now with the season ready to start on the 25th. I hope to have success at this level and continue to grow toward my dream. I hope to play in the NHL someday. In order to get to that dream I will have to climb the ladder and have success along the way. I don’t know if the Islanders will invite my back next season, but it would be a great honor and would love to continue to develop under their guidance and leadership, if at all possible I would love to play for them in the NHL – he finished.Yuri_Terao_Islanders_USHL3

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