USA Hockey is going with a collaborative approach for selecting this year’s roster for the World Hockey Championships.
The National Team Advisory Group — led by USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson — was announced on Monday, and included a pair of former NHLers now in managerial roles: Bill Guerin, currently the assistant GM in Pittsburgh, and Chris Drury, who serves the same role for the Rangers.
[The National Team Advisory Group also] includes NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Dean Lombardi (L.A. Kings), David Poile (Nashville Predators), and Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), along with Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon and Carolina Hurricanes President Don Waddell.
Guerin, 46, retired from playing in 2010 and moved immediately into hockey ops. He spent three years as the Penguins’ developmental coach before transitioning to front office work in 2014.
Drury, 40, wrapped up his career in ’11, only to circle back with the Rangers four years later. He came on in ’15 as the director of player development and, last summer, was promoted to work under GM Jeff Gorton.
It’s worth noting that both Guerin and Drury are members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.