COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today (April 21) that Providence College men’s hockey Assistant Coach Kris Mayotte has been named to the U.S. National Junior Team coaching staff for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Buffalo, N.Y. from Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 5, 2018.
Mayotte and the entire 2017 U.S. National Junior Team’s gold medal-winning staff returns for the 2018 tournament – former Providence Associate Head Coach Steve Miller (Air Force), Greg Brown (Boston College) and Grant Potulny (Northern Michigan) round out the coaching staff under Head Coach Bob Motzko (St. Cloud State).
"It's terrific to have this staff return with Bob at the helm," said Jim Johannson, Assistant Executive Director for Hockey Operations at USA Hockey, who will also serve as General Manager of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. "We're looking forward to having the tournament on our home soil and it will be a real benefit to have an experienced coaching staff lead us in our quest to repeat last year's gold-medal performance."
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mayotte will enter his fourth season as an assistant at Providence in 2017-18, working closely with the goaltenders, penalty kill unit, and all aspects of recruiting. Under his guidance, Friar goaltenders Jon Gillies (2014-15) and Nick Ellis (2015-16) each posted save percentages of at least .930. Ellis boasted the best goaltending performance in program history in 2015-16 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. Gillies made his NHL debut on April 6, 2017 and starred with a 27-save performance in Calgary’s 4-1 win at Los Angeles. Ellis led the Bakersfield Condors (AHL) in his rookie season with a 16-12-2 record and a .918 save percentage in 34 games this season. In 2016-17, the Providence penalty kill finished tied for 10th in the NCAA with an 85.6% success rate.
A 2006 graduate of Union College, Mayotte was the starting goaltender for the Dutchmen from 2002-06 and played five seasons professionally in the American Hockey League (AHL), East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), and the Central Hockey League (CHL).
All 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship games can be seen live on the NHL Network.
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