USA Hockey has called a news conference for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in HSBC Arena, where the organization will name the head coach for the 2011 world junior team. The defending gold medalists will try for two in a row in Buffalo and Niagara Falls from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
Dean Blais coached the team to the title last January. The news conference will be streamed live on USAHockey.com and Sabres.com. Sabres minority owner Larry Quinn and Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, will also be present.