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PRINCETON, N.J. – Former ECHL player and coach Scott Gordon was named the head coach of the 2011 United States Men’s National Team today by USA Hockey. The team will participate in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship from April 29 through May 15 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.
Gordon went 18-9-3 in 31 regular season games with Johnstown in the ECHL’s inaugural season in 1988-89 and led the league with a 3.82 goals-against average. He helped lead the Chiefs to the first Riley Cup Finals posting a 7-4 postseason record in 11 appearances along with a 3.34 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
He became the first ECHL player to advance to the National Hockey League when he made his debut with the Quebec Nordiques against Buffalo on Jan. 30, 1990. Gordon also saw ECHL time with Nashville in 1992-93 and Knoxville in 1993-94.
The Brockton, Mass. native made his head-coaching debut with the Roanoke Express in 1998-99, and in two seasons with the club went 82-42-16 leading the Express to the playoffs both seasons, and in his first season with the team, led the Express the Northern Conference Finals in 1999.
Gordon spent two-plus seasons as an assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins before being promoted to head coach for the final nine games of the 2002-03 season. He spent the next five seasons as head coach for the Bruins going 221-141-47. He led Providence to a league-best 55-18-3 mark in 2007-08 on his way to being named AHL Coach of the Year.
He was named head coach of the New York Islanders prior to the 2008-09 season and led the team to a record of 64-94-23 in two-plus seasons as coach.
Gordon served as head coach of the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team and also was an assistant coach of the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. In addition, he served as assistant coach of the 2009 U.S. Men’s National Team.
A Team USA veteran, Gordon was also a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.