Phil Housley will be named head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship Monday, according to ESPN’s John Buccigross.
Sources contacted at USA Hockey would neither confirm nor deny the report. There is a media teleconference scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m. EDT to make the formal announcement.
One of the greatest American-born players ever to play in the National Hockey League with 1,232 career points to his credit, Housley was a 2004 inductee into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. He is currently the head coach at Stillwater High School in Minnesota. The Ponies put up a 12-11-2 record in 2011-12.
Housley was also an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship at which Team USA took bronze.
Housley’s reported selection comes on the heels of the longtime defenseman’s induction into the IIHF Hall of Fame in May. He was a key member of the 2002 U.S. Olympic Team that took silver and was part of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey winning team. Housley also played in the 1982 World Junior Championship.
Full reaction to come after formal announcement from USA Hockey, which will also unveil the roster for the 2012 National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid.