Family Proud of Duluth Native, Team USA Coach

By KBJR News 1

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The hockey resume of Duluth, Minn. native Robb Stauber stretches pages and pages, but the one thing it's missing is an Olympic gold medal --- something he could win in the next couple weeks with the United States women's hockey team.

Stauber is the goaltending coach for Team USA for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, leaving family members free to think about what it'd be like to have a gold medal winner over for holidays.

"He's had a great career, and we're just pushing for him to take it one step further and win the gold medal," his niece, Emma, said. "Obviously, that's an opportunity not a lot of people get. We're really proud of him."

The 1986 Duluth Denfeld graduate was inducted in July 2012 into that school's Hall of Fame, that after earning all-state honors in 1986 while leading the Hunters to the MSHSL boys' hockey state tournament.

He was drafted in 1986 by Los Angeles but chose to first play collegiately at the University of Minnesota, where he won two Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) championships.

In 1988, Stauber became the first goaltender to ever win the Hobey Baker, given each year to the most outstanding player in men's college hockey.

He left the University of Minnesota after his junior season and turned pro with the Kings, eventually playing 10 seasons and reaching the
Stanley Cup finals in the 1992-93 season.

After retiring, Stauber turned to coaching and from 2004-08 was the goaltender coach of the UMD women's hockey team. The Bulldogs won an NCAA national title during his tenure at UMD and was runner-up for another.

He has previous experience coaching with the United States women's national team, having won three world championships with that program in 2009, 2011, and 2013.