COLUMBUS, Ohio – Steve Miller, associate head coach for the No. 6t/7-ranked Ohio State men’s hockey team, is heading to the Czech Republic as a member of the Team USA staff at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
The tournament is being held in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, from Dec. 26, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020.
“I feel fortunate to once again to represent USA Hockey at the World Junior Championships,” Miller said. “A great challenge awaits us and we are looking forward to meeting that challenge head on.”
This marks the fourth consecutive tournament Miller will serve on the United States staff at the World Junior Championship. He was part of the 2017 gold-medal winning squad (that included current Buckeye senior Tanner Laczynski), the 2018 team that won a bronze medal and last year’s silver medal squad.
The 2020 U.S. National Junior Team will compete in Group B alongside Russia, Canada, Czech Republic and Germany. Group A will include Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia and Kazakhstan. The group seeds are based on the final rankings of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Miller is in his third year on the Buckeye staff, with Ohio State earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament each of his first two years, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2018, along with winning the 2019 Big Ten regular season championship. The squad finished the first half of the 2019-20 season 10-6-4 overall, with a 6-3-1 record in Big Ten play.
A native of Sun Prairie, Wis., Miller, who played at St. Mary’s University, has been a collegiate coach since 1989. He was an assistant coach for three NCAA championship squads, with two at Denver and one at Providence. In all, he has been a part of 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, five league regular season titles and seven conference tournament championships during stints with St. Mary’s, Miami, Denver, Providence, Air Force and Ohio State.