USA Hockey officially names Ron Wilson head coach of 2010 Olympic team

Ron Wilson will coach the U.S. men’s hockey team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

USA Hockey made the announcement today on a conference call. It will be the second Olympics for the Toronto Maple Leafs coach, who was also behind the bench at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.

Wilson also led the U.S. squad that upset Canada in the 1996 World Cup and coached at the 2004 World Cup as well as two IIHF World Hockey Championships.

READ ALSO:  Ottawa defenceman Erik Karlsson scores twice in final 8:48, Senators beat Panthers 2-1

The 53-year-old was born in Windsor, Ont., and is a citizen of both the U.S. and Canada.

Leafs GM Brian Burke is in charge of assembling the U.S. Olympic team. He and Wilson are also old friends dating back to their days playing at Providence College.