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John Vanbiesbrouck May Not Be The Right Choice As GM Of Team USA

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Beats me why John Vanbiesbrouck keeps getting hockey executive jobs.

After running Team USA at the last four World Junior Championships, he’s now the replacement general manager for the Olympics, after the NHL pulled out and Bill Guerin was called back to the Wild.

Absurd. No matter how highly Team USA executive director Pat Kelleher thinks of Vanbiesbrouck’s hockey acumen, he should have looked elsewhere.

The Trevor Daley incident should be disqualifying. Daley, now a hockey operations adviser with the Penguins, was 19 when Vanbiesbrouck called him an N-word behind his back when speaking about him to his teammates on the 2003 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Daley, the team captain, quit, then rejoined when Vanbiesbrouck resigned as coach and GM and sold his 25 percent ownership stake in the club. The OHL fined the team $50,000.

All these years later, Vanbiesbrouck hasn’t reached out to Daley to settle the score. Yet Vanbiesbrouck is ready to move on. When USA Hockey named him assistant executive director of hockey operations in 2018, he said in an interview with Scott Burnside of The Athletic, he had “paid a high price” for the incident, and “there needs to be an ending.”

At the time of the incident, Vanbiesbrouck, who grew up in Detroit, explained that racial slurs were “an old wound with me. I grew up with it. I’m as sorry as anybody that it’s stuck with me.”

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