Shero elevated to Team USA general manager

SOCHI, Russia — Five years after promoting Dan Bylsma to interim head coach of the Penguins and watching him lead the team to a Stanley Cup, Penguins general manager Ray Shero and Bylsma will work together in the same capacities in the quest for an Olympic gold medal.

David Poile, who spent the last half-year putting together the United States men’s Olympic hockey team as general manager, will not join the team for the Sochi Winter Games because of injuries that resulted from being hit in the face by a puck last week at a Nashville Predators practice in St. Paul, Minn.

Team USA announced Monday night that Shero, who had been an associate general manager, will take the place of Poile, the general manager of the Predators.

So, like every other day the past five years, Shero will work directly with Bylsma, the head coach of Team USA.

It was just last June that Shero had to decide whether to retain Bylsma after the Penguins were swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference final. Shero stood by Bylsma, and the Penguins are currently atop the conference with a record of 40-15-3.

Shero worked under Poile in Nashville before being hired by the Penguins in 2006. He was a natural fit to work with Poile in putting together the American roster for Sochi.

The United States begins group play on Thursday against Slovakia.

First Published February 10, 2014 2:26 PM

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