COLUMBUS, Ohio – Matt McIlvane, a former Ohio State men’s hockey captain, has been named an assistant coach for Germany’s Olympic Team for the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.
In pool play at the Olympics, Germany will take on Finland Feb. 15, Sweden Feb. 16 and Norway Feb. 18, with the tournament running through Feb. 25. McIlvane will be a part of a staff led by Marco Sturm.
McIlvane, from Naperville, Illinois, is an assistant coach with EHC Red Bull München in the DEL in Germany. The team won back-to-back championships in 2016 and ’17.
“It's an incredible honor to be part of the national team and then at the Olympics, and I already know some of them and look forward to seeing the new faces,” McIlvane said to EIS Hockey News in Germany (from Google Translate). “Already I think it's a very special group.”
McIlvane was a Buckeye from 2005-08, totaling 52 points, on 15 goals and 37 assists, in 156 games, tying for 16th all-time in career games played. He was an alternate captain as a junior and team captain as a senior. He was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. McIlvane was an Ottawa Senators selection in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
After his collegiate career, McIlvane spent time as a professional, skating in the AHL, ECHL, DEL and others. After ending his playing career because of injury, he transitioned into coaching. He began his coaching career with Danville in the FHL in 2011-12 before moving to the ECHL the following season. He moved on to Europe after that, spending 2013-14 with EC Salzburg before joining EHC Red Bull München in 2014-15, where he remains.