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).