FILE – In this June 6, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma listens to a question during an NHL hockey news conference in Boston. USA Hockey hired Bylsma on Saturday, June 29, 2013, as the coach for the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Dan Bylsma has never coached hockey at the international level. The Pittsburgh Penguins coach does, however, know how to win while juggling a roster dotted with superstars.
That was good enough for USA Hockey to select Bylsma as coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday, hoping the free-flowing style he teaches translates well to the wider rinks that await in Sochi, Russia in February.
The 42-year-old Michigan native didn’t hide from the glaring hole in his resume moments after being introduced. When asked how he was going to build on his limited experience in international coaching, Bylsma quickly offered a correction.
“I don’t have any experience,” Bylsma said with a laugh. “So ‘very little’ is wrong.”
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