USA Hockey announced today that Rob Chornomud has been named the head coach of the 2010 U.S. InLine National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship, June 28-July 4, in Karlstad, Sweden.
Chornomud returns as head coach of the U.S. InLine National Team for the second straight year after leading Team USA to the silver medal at the 2009 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship in Ingolstadt, Germany.
In addition, former U.S. InLine National Team member Joe Milewski will make his Team USA coaching debut as the assistant coach. Milewski is a two-time member of the U.S. InLine National Team (2000, 2002), capturing the bronze medal in 2000.
As part of the team’s selection process, approximately 25 players will participate in a two-day camp from June 20-21 in Lakewood, Colo. The 2010 U.S. InLine National Team roster, consisting of 12 skaters and two goaltenders, will be announced shortly thereafter. Team USA begins preliminary-round play against Canada on June 28.
Support staff for Team USA includes general manager Dan Brennan, USA Hockey’s manager of the ice and inline coaching education program, and athletic trainer Erik Marsh and equipment manager Robert Rush, both of whom serve in the same capacity at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
In the 13-year history of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship, the United States has earned four gold medals (1996, 1997, 2004, 2006), three silver medals (1998, 2001, 2009) and three bronze medals (2000, 2003, 2005). The IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship was not held in 1999.
The 2010 IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship will include 16 teams divided into the Top Division and Division l. The United States will compete in the Top Division alongside Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Slovenia and Sweden. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan and Slovakia will comprise Division I.
For the preliminary round, the two divisions will each be divided into two groups of four teams based on rankings (Top Division-groups A and B, Division I-groups C and D). Following round-robin play within each group, the two lowest ranked teams from the Top Division and the two top teams from the Division I will face off as part of play-in games to determine pools for the playoff round.