Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Cloquet, Minn. native and current University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) assistant men's hockey coach Derek Plante has been named the head coach for the United States Under-18 team for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Plante has been with the Bulldogs as an assistant coach over the past four seasons, helping the team to the 2011 NCAA Division I championship.
Last year, the U.S. finished as runners-up with Plante as an assistant coach. The tournament is scheduled to played Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
In his senior season as a player at UMD, Plante captained the 1992-93 team to the program's last-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular season championship.
He finished his four-year collegiate career with 219 points, which still ranks tied for second on UMD's all-time scoring list.
Plante then went on to an eight-year NHL career, producing 96 goals and 152 assists in 450 regular season games and winning a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.