Alain Names 2010 U.S. Junior Coach

    This Wednesday release from USA Hockey:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Keith Allain (Worcester, Mass.), one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the United States, was today named the head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. The appointment marks Allain’s third stint as head coach of a U.S. National Junior Team, having taken on the role in 2001 and 2002.

"It is a great honor to be chosen to coach this team," said Allain. "Every time you get to represent your country, it’s a terrific experience. The chance to do so in front of our home fans will make this occasion even more special."

The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2010 – Jan. 5, 2011 in Buffalo, N.Y. The U.S. will be aiming for its second consecutive title, having won the gold medal last year at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.

Allain owns a 9-3-2 overall record as a head coach in the event, giving him the top winning percentage (.714) of any U.S. head coach to have served on multiple teams. He was also an assistant coach on the 2008 U.S. National Junior Team, and served as an advance scout for Team USA in 2000.