• USA Hockey announced today that the management and coaching staff has been selected for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, the first Winter Games without NHL players since 1994.
Tony Granato, who has coached the Colorado Avalanche on two separate occasions (2002-04, 2008-09) and now calls the shots at Wisconsin, will coach the team for the first time. USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson has a lot of interesting decisions ahead as general manager – he told NBC Sports that he is trying to recruit NHL players who might retire in time to compete in Pyeongchang – and former women’s team head coach Ben Smith, who will enter the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this year, will be the first-time director of player personnel.
Keith Allain, Ron Rolston, Scott Young and longtime Detroit Red Wing and four-time Olympian Chris Chelios will serve as assistant coaches.
• Air Force announced on Thursday that 14-year NHL forward and former Olympian Corey Millen was named Air Force’s director of hockey. He has previously coached in the North American Hockey League.
“We are thrilled to add Corey to our staff,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said in a release. “A glance at his playing resume quickly validates him as an American hockey legend."
As a collegiate player, he still stands third in Minnesota history in points and goals. He was an assistant coach for the Gophers last season while finishing up his degree.
• On Friday, Air Force announced that 12 members of the class of 2021 (wow, time needs to slow down) have arrived at the academy. The group includes three goaltenders, a position that’s not as solid as it was a few months ago before Shane Starrett went pro, six forwards (including teammates from the excellently named Topeka Roadrunners and two with great size already at 6-foot-3, 190ish) and three defensemen.
• Colorado College hockey fans might want to start tracking the St. Louis Blues, if they aren't already. The team added defenseman Nate Prosser on a two-year, two-way contract after he spent parts of eight seasons with the Minnesota Wild. Prosser will get a second chance at two missed connections – he may finally get to play for St. Louis, where he attended training camp in 2014 before being claimed off waivers, and with Jaden Schwartz, who arrived at Colorado College the season after Prosser left.