Sunday, April 11, 2010
Updated: April 12, 9:31 PM ET
Burke to serve as GM for U.S.
By Scott Burnside
Toronto Maple Leafs team president Brian Burke will reprise his role from the Vancouver Olympics as team general manager for the United States at this spring's World Championships.
The U.S. management team and coaching staff for the World Championships, to be held in Germany in May, was named Monday, with Burke as GM and Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders as coach.
Burke was the GM of the U.S. team in Vancouver that won a surprise silver medal. He will be available to start assembling the U.S. roster right away, as the Maple Leafs failed to qualify for the NHL playoffs, which begin Wednesday.
Gordon was an assistant to U.S. team coach Ron Wilson in Vancouver and also an assistant with last year's World Championship team in Switzerland.
Minnesota Wild coach Todd Richards and USA Hockey developmental coach Ron Rolston were named Gordon's assistants.
David Poile of the Nashville Predators will serve as associate GM with Burke. They will choose the men's national team roster along with Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director for hockey operations, and general managers Paul Holmgren (Flyers), Dean Lombardi (Kings), Ray Shero (Penguins) and Don Waddell (Thrashers).
Hockey Canada announced earlier this week that Florida Panthers coach Pete DeBoer and former Edmonton Oilers assistant Billy Moores will assist Team Canada coach Craig MacTavish. Former New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers great Mark Messier is Canada's GM for the tournament, which begins May 7 and runs through May 23.
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.