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USA Hockey today announced that Sioux City Musketeers head coach Jay Varady has been named the head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kinderseley, Saskatchewan from December 14-20.
The U.S. Junior Select Team is annually made up of almost entirely USHL players and has competed in the World Junior A Challenge in each of the seven previous years. They have won the tournament five of the past six years. This year’s event includes teams from four other countries – Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Canada East, and Canada West.
Varady has experience coaching on the international level, including most recently leading the Sioux City Musketeers to the bronze medal at the 2014 Junior Club World Cup in Ufa, Russia in August. He also served on the coaching staff for the U.S. Team that won gold at the 2010 World Junior Championship and for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that earned second place in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
It is the second season in the USHL for Varady after leading the Musketeers to a 38-19-3 record in 2013-14, tying the team record for most wins in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present). The Musketeers also qualified for the postseason and advanced all the way to the USHL Western Conference Final series.
Joining Varady on the staff for the World Junior A Challenge are two other USHL coaches – Brian Kaufman, head coach of the Omaha Lancers, and Keith Paulsen, associate head coach of the Madison Capitols.
Kaufman is in his second full season as head coach of the Omaha Lancers after leading the team to a 39-14-7 record in 2013-14, the most wins for the team since the 2009-10 campaign. He previously served as an assistant coach for the Lancers in 2012-13. Prior to his coaching career, he played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Miami University and totaled 84 points (30g, 54a) in 125 games at the school. Kaufman also served as team captain for both his junior and senior season.
Paulsen joined the Madison Capitols for their inaugural USHL season and helped build the team’s roster that began play this fall. He previously served on the coaching staff for the Sioux City Musketeers for four seasons where he recruited and coached multiple NHL Draft picks and dozens of players that went on to play NCAA Division I hockey.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (/ushlhockey), twitter (@USHL), and YouTube (/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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