June 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Mark Osiecki, Ohio State men's hockey head coach, has been named an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team and will be behind the bench at the IIHF World Junior Championship for the third time, USA Hockey announced Monday. Osiecki was with Team USA in 2011 when the squad won bronze and in 2010 when the team won the gold medal. Those tournaments marked the first time the U.S. medaled in back-to-back years.
The WJC tournament will be held Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013 in Ufa, Russia. The U.S. team is looking for its third medal in four years.
As part of his coaching duties, Osiecki will be on the camp staff at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp Aug. 4-11 in Lake Placid, N.Y. He will be joined by Phil Housley, the head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team, as well as Grant Potulny, the other assistant coach for the squad. Joining the trio will be Don Lucia, Tony Granato and Greg Brown.
Osiecki has other international coaching experience as well. He won silver medals as head coach for the United States Under-18 Team at the 1999 World Championship in Slovakia and as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Team at the 2000 World Championship in the Czech Republic. Osiecki led the United States Junior Select team to a gold medal at the 1999 Freedom Challenge in Lake Placid, N.Y. and served as video coordinator for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship. He also was a staff member for the 2008, `09 and `10 U.S. Junior National Camps in Lake Placid, N.Y.