Nate Leaman is heading back to the World Junior Hockey Championships.
The Union Dutchmen coach was named an assistant coach for the United States team that will compete in the World Juniors Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ottawa, it was announced Thursday by USA Hockey.
Leaman will assist Ron Rolston, who was named head coach for the second time. Rolston was the head coach, and Leaman the assistant, when the U.S. won the bronze medal in the 2007 tournament.
“It’s an outstanding opportunity to represent your country,” Leaman said. “It’s a great honor to be coaching with a person of Ron Rolston’s expertise.”
This will be Leaman’s third tour of duty for USA Hockey. He was an assistant coach for the gold-medal winning U.S. squad in the 2005 World Under-18 Championship. Rolston was the head coach.
Leaman completed his fifth season with the Dutchmen. He has a 72-88-22 record. He led the Dutchmen to a fourth-place finish, it’s best ever in 17 Division I seasons. Union earned its first-ever ECAC Hockey tournament first-round bye.
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