Dec. 15, 2017
Team USA WJC website
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steve Miller, Ohio State men’s hockey associate head coach, is an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship this year.
— Ohio State M Hockey (@OhioState_MHKY) December 20, 2017
This is Miller’s second stint on the WJC staff. He was part of the team that won the gold medal at last year’s event. Team USA, which included Buckeye Tanner Laczynski, was 7-0 in the tournament last year.
This year’s edition of Team USA is holding its training camp in Columbus Friday through Tuesday, with practices at the Ice Haus and Nationwide Arena. The team will practice from 1-3 p.m. Friday, 12:20-1:50 p.m. Saturday, 8:30-9:45 a.m. and 4:15-5:15 Sunday at the Ice Haus, with practices open to the public. The team will have closed practices Monday and Tuesday in Nationwide Arena.
The team will then head to Jamestown, N.Y., for three practices before moving to Buffalo. Team USA will face Belarus Dec. 20 and Sweden Dec. 22 in exhibition games before the tournament begins with preliminary round games vs. Denmark Dec. 26, Slovakia Dec. 28, Canada Dec. 29 and Finland Dec. 31. The quarterfinals are set for Jan. 2, the semifinals Jan. 4 and the bronze and gold medal games Jan. 5.
Miller is in his first year on the Buckeye staff. The No. 9-ranked squad was 10-4-4 during the first half of the season and stands in second place in the Big Ten with a 5-4-1-0 record. Ohio State ranks fifth nationally in team defense, allowing 2.11 goals per game, and is first in the NCAA on the penalty kill (.928).