COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey and one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the United States, has been named the head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. The appointment marks Allain's third stint as head coach of a U.S. National Junior Team, having taken on the role in 2001 and 2002.
"It is a great honor to be chosen to coach this team," said Allain. "Every time you get to represent your country, it's a terrific experience. The chance to do so in front of our home fans will make this occasion even more special."
The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2010 - Jan. 5, 2011 in Buffalo, N.Y. The U.S. will be aiming for its second consecutive title, having won the gold medal last year at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.
Allain owns a 9-3-2 overall record as a head coach in the event, giving him the top winning percentage (.714) of any U.S. head coach to have served on multiple teams.
In addition to his U.S. National Junior Team experience, Allain has served as an assistant coach on two U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Teams (1992, 2006) and two U.S. Men's National Teams (2005, 2006). He also served as an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey squad and was the goalie coach for the 2004 U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team.
"Keith has a wealth of experience, including at the international level, and we're really pleased that he's agree to lead our team in Buffalo," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, who will also serve as general manager of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. "He knows how to get the most out of players and has proven that at every level of hockey."
Allain has led the Bulldogs to three Ivy League titles, two ECAC Hockey regular-season championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances in his four seasons. Under Allain, the Bulldogs have won 20 or more games in each of the last two seasons, the first time that has happened in Yale history.
A former starting goaltender for Yale, Allain began his coaching career following a two-year (1980-82) stint playing professional hockey in Sweden. He served as an assistant coach for Yale from 1982-85 before returning to Sweden to coach and serve as a scout for the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals. Allain served as an assistant coach for the Capitals from 1993-97, and helped Jim Carey win the 1996 Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender. He went on to be the goalie coach for the NHL's St. Louis Blues from 1998-2006 before arriving at Yale.