Ducks, Preds GMs to head up U.S. hockey team in 2010

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke will serve as general manager of the U.S. hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and Nashville Predators GM David Poile will be the associate GM for the American squad.

USA Hockey announced the appointments Friday.

The U.S. team hasn't won an Olympic gold medal in hockey since 1980 in Lake Placid. The Americans came close in 2002 at Salt Lake City, getting the silver with a 5-3 loss to Canada in the gold medal game.

Before joining the Ducks in 2005, Burke was president and GM of the Vancouver Canucks from 1998-2004. In his time with Vancouver and Anaheim, Burke's teams have qualified for the NHL playoffs seven consecutive seasons. The Ducks won their first Stanley Cup title in 2007.

Poile, the Predators' general manager since the franchise started in 1997, was GM of the 1998 and 1999 American teams at the hockey world championships. He also has been president of hockey operations for the Predators since December.