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USA Hockey names John Wroblewski NTDP Head Coach

USA Hockey has announced that they have named John Wroblewski the new head coach for the US National Team Development Program.

Wroblewski, a former player and assistant coach for the USA Hockey NTDP, will serve as the head coach of the Under-18 Team starting with the 2016-17 season. He spent the 2015-16 campaign as the head coach of the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL) where he lead the club to a 31-20-9 record.

“We’re extremely pleased to have John back with the NTDP,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, “He’s had success as a coach at various levels of the game and is the type of coach that, as a parent, you’d want your son to play for. John is a high-energy person that thrives on development, which is what the NTDP is all about.”

“It’s terrific to welcome John back to the NTDP,” said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, “Having played and coached here before, he has a unique perspective that will be of great benefit to everyone involved in the program.”

A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, Wroblewsk, played at the NTDP in its first two seasons from 1997-99 and then served as an assistant coach from 2007-2010.

“Needless to say, I couldn’t be more excited and honored to have this opportunity,” said Wroblewski, “The NTDP is a special place and has had an important role in the development of our sport over the last 20 years.”

He will begin his duties at the NTDP immediately at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan which houses the US NTDP.

The NTDP, which was founded by USA Hockey in 1996, began operations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and remained there until the summer of 2015 when  USA Hockey purchased the arena in nearby Plymouth.

Wroblewski is just the 10th head coach in the history of the NTDP, joining Danton Cole (2010-present), Mike Eaves (2000-02), Don Granato (2011-16), John Hynes (2003-09), Jeff Jackson (1997-2000), Kurt Kleinendorst (2009-10), Moe Mantha (2000-03), David Quinn (2002-04) and Ron Rolston (2004-11).

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