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Brian Burke returns as general manager of Team USA, this time at worlds

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Brian Burke and David Poile, who led the U.S. to a silver medal at the Vancouver Games, are reuniting to run the U.S. squad at the IIHF World Hockey Championship next month.

Burke will serve as general manager and Poile his assistant GM. Burke is president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs while Poile has the same titles with Nashville.

The tournament is scheduled from May 7-23 in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany.

USA Hockey also announced that Islanders head coach Scott Gordon will take over behind the bench at the world championships. Gordon was an assistant to Leafs head coach Ron Wilson at the Olympics.

Todd Richards, head coach of the Minnesota Wild, and Ron Rolston, one of two head coaches at USA Hockey's national team development program, will serve as Gordon's assistants.

The American team will be chosen by Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director for hockey operations, and NHL general managers Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia Flyers), Dean Lombardi (L.A. Kings), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Don Waddell (Atlanta Thrashers).

The Americans open the tournament outdoors against host Germany on May 7 at Gelsenkirchen's Veltins Arena, home of the German soccer league's FC Schalke.

The game is expected to be played in front of a world-record crowd of more than 76,000.


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