John Wroblewski named coach of the US national women's hockey team
Ricky Gray | June 2, 2022
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The former head coach of the Ontario Reign leaves to organization to coach the US team.
John Wroblewski coached the Los Angeles Kings' affiliate team the Ontario Reign for the last two seasons. He's now made the decision to move on from the Kings organization to become the US national women's hockey team.
Wroblewski's hiring is currently limited to coaching the American women at the world championships located in Denmark this August. Joel Johnson, the former coach for the team will move on to coach the University of St. Thomas women's program.
During the Beijing Winter Games in February, the women's national team settled for a silver medal after losing to Canada. The up-tempo Canadians quickly overwhelmed the aging group in the US, which is something Wroblewski will need to address.
Originally from Neenah, Wisconsin, the 41-year-old Wroblewski is known for his time of four years at the national team development program. From 2016 to 2020 he oversaw teams that produced 29 NHL draft picks.
One of these picks was Jack Hughes, who was selected at the No.1 spot by the New Jersey Devils. Hughes just finished his third season in the NHL, and was an All-Star for the first time.
With Wroblewski as head coach, the NTDP put together a 33-game winning streak in international play and made a USHL conference final appearance in 2018.
By the end of the season, the LA Kings finished with a record of 44-27 and made it into the NHL Playoffs. After a series that lasted seven games, the LA Kings were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers.
In other Kings news, Mark Messier named Anze Kopitar the 2021-22 recipient of the NHL Leadership Award. Kopitar became the second player in Kings history to receive the award.