USA Hockey announced today that University of Denver head hockey coach David Carle has been named the head coach of the 2024 United States National Junior Team (U20) which will compete at the 2024 World Junior Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden. The annual tournament will take place from December 26, 2023, through January 5, 2024.
“We’re thrilled to have David leading our National Junior Team,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2024 U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey in the USA Hockey release. “He’s done a terrific job at Denver and is one of the bright young coaches in our country.”
Carle, an Anchorage, Alaska native, was always going to be the obvious pick for the World Juniors role. In his five years leading the Pioneers, he has missed the NCAA Tournament just once (the 2020 tournament was canceled due to Covid-19, though Denver would have made that field of 16) and has led the Pioneers to two Frozen Fours, highlighted, of course, by winning the program’s record-tying ninth championship in Boston in 2022 as the fourth-youngest head coach to win a title at 32.
“It’s a great honor to have the chance to represent our country on the international stage,” said Carle, who of course was also an assistant on Jim Montgomery’s staff as an assistant from 2013 through 2018 and was a key piece of the 2017 team that won the program’s 8th title. “I’m Iooking forward to the challenge ahead and building a team that will give us an opportunity to bring home a gold medal.”
Carle, the first-ever DU head coach to lead the USA National Junior team, joins the lengthy and growing list of current and former Pioneers players to compete for the United States at the WJC and will have the opportunity to lead the Americans back to Gold Medal glory, something they haven’t been able to do in the last couple of tournaments, failing to medal in the postponed 2022 championship and securing bronze in the 2023 edition after winning the whole thing in 2021.
This is a tremendous thing not only for Carle but for the DU athletic program as a whole as well. Carle has always been a tremendous ambassador for the University and will certainly continue to do so on this elevated international stage. Plus, it certainly won’t hurt the recruiting effort.
The United States will compete in Group B in Sweden against Czechia, Norway, Slovakia, and Switzerland next Winter.
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