Penguins' Mike Sullivan named head coach of 2022 U.S. men's Olympic team

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan will be the head coach for the United States men's Olympic hockey team at next year's 2022 Beijing Games.

In addition to Sullivan, Joel Johnson has been named head coach for the U.S. women's Olympic team and David Hoff will coach the U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team.

Sullivan, 53, served as an assistant under Peter Laviolette at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy and has previously coached the U.S. at the 2007 world championship.

Sullivan has coached the Penguins since 2015 and led them to two Stanley Cups in that time. Pittsburgh's 251 regular-season wins since hiring Sullivan are third-most in the NHL.

The NHL and NHLPA agreed that players would return to the Olympic games after passing on the event in 2022, but ongoing negotiations between the NHL, IIHF and IOC have meant that no final decision on the NHL's participation has been made.

The NHL did leave space for the Olympic's in last week's schedule release, but said the pandemic and other concerns could prevent players from attending.

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