COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced on April 7 that Providence College’s Nate Leaman, who led Team USA to a gold medal in 2021, will return as head coach of the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team.
The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022, in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta. Team USA is seeking its sixth medal in seven years, and first-ever back-to-back gold medals at the event.
“We’re very excited to have Nate back leading our National Junior Team,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and also the general manager of the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team. “The championship pedigree Nate brings to the bench, and the consistency some of our returning players will have from last year’s event, will be an advantage for our team heading into this year’s tournament.”
Nate has been a part of three previous U.S. National Junior Team coaching staffs, including his first stint as head coach in 2021, winning Team USA’s fifth gold medal in tournament history.
“It’s always an honor to be asked to coach for my country and I’m grateful to be back behind the bench,” said Leaman. “I’m excited to see some familiar faces, and coach some of America’s best young talent, as we look to build another championship roster.”
The 2020-21 campaign was Nate’s tenth as head coach at Providence, where he has led the Friars to NCAA tournament berths in six of the past eight campaigns, including the school’s first-ever NCAA title in 2015.
During his tenure, Nate has coached 27 NHL draft picks in addition to six undrafted players currently under NHL contracts. He has also coached five players selected to play for the U.S. National Junior Team, including Jon Gillies (2013, 2014), Erik Foley (2017), Parker Ford (2020), Brett Berard (2021) and Patrick Moynihan (2021). Gillies, Foley, Berard and Moynihan were all part of gold medal-winning teams.