Chris Drury’s transition into the managerial side of hockey will begin in a fitting place.
One of USA Hockey’s most decorated international competitors, Drury has been named to the management group that will oversee the American entry at the 2016 World Championships, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Drury, 39, appeared in three Olympics and three World Championships for the U.S., helping the team capture silver at the ’02 games in Salt Lake, and the ’10 games in Vancouver.
A Stanley Cup winner with Colorado in 2001, the former Boston University star enjoyed a lengthy NHL career that included stints with the Avalanche, Flames, Sabres and Rangers, serving as captain in both Buffalo and New York.
USA Hockey has certainly made a splash in advance of the ’16 Worlds.
In addition to naming Drury to its management group, the organization also made waves in late March when it named Auston Matthews as the first player — and, so far, the only player — to the roster.