Wednesday, October 20, 2010
O'Handley Named Head Coach of 2010 U.S. Junior Select Team
Strand, Lyle Selected as Assistant Coaches
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - P.K. O'Handley, head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League's Waterloo Black Hawks, has been named the head coach of the 2010 U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the World Junior A Challenge Nov. 8-14 in Penticton, B.C., it was announced today by USA Hockey.
O'Handley will lead the U.S. Junior Select Team at the World Junior A Challenge for the second time, having guided Team USA in its first tournament appearance in 2007.
Luke Strand, head coach and general manager of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers, and Justin Lyle, associate head coach of the USHL's Indiana Ice, will join O'Handley on the coaching staff as assistant coaches.
O'Handley is making his fourth international coaching appearance. In addition to serving as the 2007 U.S. Junior Select Team head coach, O’Handley was the head coach for the U.S. Junior Select Team at the 2005 Viking Cup in Camrose, Alta., leading the team to a third-place finish. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ont.
Currently in his ninth season as the head coach and general manager of the Waterloo Black Hawks, O'Handley has led the team to seven USHL postseason appearances in the past eight years, including a Clark Cup Championship in 2004. His 267-182-35 regular-season record and 28 playoff victories make him the winningest coach in Black Hawks history.
Prior to joining Waterloo, O'Handley served as an assistant coach for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL (1998-2002) and as head coach for the USHL's North Iowa Huskies (1991-98). His career USHL head coaching record (407-369-56) ranks him first among the league's active coaches. A former goaltender, O'Handley played collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Strand is in his second season as head coach and general manager of the Sioux City Musketeers. Prior to Sioux City, Strand served as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros for two seasons (2007-09) and as head coach and assistant athletic director at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2005-07).
He also served as an assistant coach and assistant general manager for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL (2003-05) and as an assistant coach for the St. Norbert (Wisconsin) College men's ice hockey team (2000-03).
As a player, Strand competed for the USHL's North Iowa Huskies (1991-93) and the Eau Claire Blugolds (1993-97), before moving on to the United Hockey League's Madison Monsters (1997-99) and Madison Kodiaks (1999-2000).
Lyle, associate head coach of the USHL's Indiana Ice, is currently in his third season with the team. During his first season, he helped lead the team to the 2009 Clark Cup Championship.
Prior to joining the Ice, Lyle spent five years as an ice hockey official, working games in the AHL and USHL. He was one of four linesmen to officiate the AHL's Calder Cup Finals in 2006.
Before his officiating and coaching career, Lyle played for the USHL's Omaha Lancers (1993-95), winning a Clark Cup Championship in 1994. He then moved on to play collegiate hockey for the University of Alaska Anchorage of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, where he was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 1996.
NOTES: O'Handley, Strand and Lyle are all USA Hockey Level 4 certified coaches ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its fifth year and Team USA will be competing in the tournament for the fourth consecutive time ... The U.S. has won the championship the past two years (2008, 2009) and garnered a third-place finish in 2007 ... The 2010 World Junior A Challenge will include teams from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States and two teams from Canada (East and West) ... The 2010 U.S. Junior Select Team roster will be released at a later date ... For more information on the World Junior A Challenge, click here.
Team USA 2010 World Junior A Challenge Schedule
Nov. 8-14 • Penticton, B.C. • South Okanagan Events Centre
Date Opponent Time (Local/EST)
Sat., Nov. 6 Canada West (Exhibition) 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 8 Canada East 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 10 Sweden 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 11 Quarterfinal Game 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Quarterfinal Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 12 Fifth-Place Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 13 Semifinal Game 2 p.m./5 p.m.
Semifinal Game 6 p.m./9 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 14 Third-Place Game TBD
First-Place Game TBD