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College Hockey:
Assistant coaches named for U.S. World Junior team

USA Hockey announced today that Scott Sandelin, Tom Ward and Joe Exter will serve as assistant coaches for the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team.

The trio will join head coach Dean Blais behind the bench in leading Team USA at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2011 – Jan. 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton.

Sandelin, head coach for the 2005 U.S. squad that finished fourth, just completed his 11th season with Minnesota-Duluth.

Ward recently completed his 12th season at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, having led the 18 & Under Midget team to the USA Hockey Youth Tier I 18 & Under national championship.

Prior to coaching at Shattuck, Ward served as an assistant coach for Minnesota and also played for the Gophers from 1982-1985.

Exter, a Merrimack alum, is in his fourth season as goaltending coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.


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  • Sioux Fan

    Go get em’ Deaner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sioux Forever

    Soon as Dean Blais puts er in four wheel drive – he’ll run over any team. Awesome coach – wish we still had him en GF. Good Luck!!

  • Dogs

    Blais will bring home another gold!!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/scottcmartineau SCOTT MARTINEAU

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    ..Kudos to Joe Exter for having gone from being “the other guy” who was nearly killed or suffered a paralyzing injury while playing goalie for Merrimack – a less famous example of just how every potential collision in Hockey can be lethal – and the 2nd and less highly visible to take place in Hockey East behind the famous Travis Roy injury 11 seconds into his first shift as a BU Terrier …. TO NOW Exter being considered the top young Goalie Coach seemingly named to coach goalies on every Team USA shy of the Olympics in recent months.

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