Friday, April 20, 2018

Hastings named to U.S. world junior staff

Minnesota State men's hockey coach Mike Hastings was named an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team, which will compete in the World Junior Championships Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

USA Hockey announced the team's coaching staff on Friday. Boston University's David Quinn is the head coach. Other assistants include David Lassonde, associate head coach at Dartmouth, and Steve Miller, associate head coach at Ohio State.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to represent our country and university at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships," Hastings said in a Minnesota State press release. "I'm extremely excited to be a part of such an accomplished coaching staff led by David Quinn."

This will be Hastings' third time as an assistant at the World Juniors. He was also on the staff in 2005 and 2003. Quinn was an assistant with him on the '05 team. Hastings has also twice served as head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team, winning a Viking Cup in 2000.

Hastings just completed his sixth season at Minnesota State.

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