2016 World Cup: Lombardi named GM of Team USA

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Dean Lombardi has been named general manager of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Lombardi, the Los Angeles Kings’ GM, will be assisted by Flyers president Paul Holmgren, with additional help from Flames president of hockey ops Brian Burke and Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of USA Hockey.

“We’re thrilled to have Dean at the helm of managing our World Cup team,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a release. “He’s been an invaluable part of our men’s national team advisory group and obviously done a remarkable job in building the Kings. In addition, having the experience of Paul Holmgren, Brian Burke and Jim Johannson gives us an exceptional management team and a group we’re confident will put together a team that our country will be proud of.”

The United States won the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996. It was a semi-finalist in 2004 when Canada won.

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