Jim Johannson to be architect of U.S. Olympic team

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Jim Johannson has been named general manager of the United States men's hockey team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, USA Hockey announced Friday.

The organization also announced Tony Granato will be the head coach.

Johannson may not be a household name, but has a wealth of experience when it comes to international competition. He played for the U.S. in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and was part of the team's management staff at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 games.

Though Johannson's Olympic resume is impressive, perhaps his greatest accomplishments have come as GM of the U.S. national junior team, as he's led the nation to three gold medals (2010, 2013, 2017).

Granato, a veteran of 774 NHL games, is head coach at the University of Wisconsin. He was formerly the Colorado Avalanche head coach from 2002-03 to 2003-04, and again during the 2008-09 season.

In addition to Johannson and Granato, Ben Smith will be the director or player personal, while Keith Allain, Chris Chelios, Ron Rolston, and Scott Young will serve as assistant coaches.