New work for Lombardi; Hextall on the run
Some non-Kings related news, related to Kings management…
First, Kings GM Dean Lombardi is among seven NHL executives who will be in charge of selecting the players and staff for the United States’ team in the 2001 IIHF World Championships, which will be held April 29-May 15 in Slovakia. Lombardi, along with fellow GMs Brian Burke (Toronto), Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia), David Poile (Nashville), Ray Shero (Pittsburgh) and Dale Tallon (Florida), plus Atlanta team president Don Waddell, will pick the team, along with Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director for hockey operations. Scott Gordon, former coach of the New York Islanders, will coach Team USA. Matt Greene and Jack Johnson played for Team USA in last year’s World Championships, and the Americans finished 13th in the 16-team tournament.
Also, congrats to Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall, along with Kings broadcaster Daryl Evans and Hextall’s wife, Diane. All three completed the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday in some cold, dismal conditions. The three ran together and finished in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 11 seconds. It was Hextall’s first marathon. Evans, an avid runner, is probably running another marathon right now somewhere.