Happy holidays everyone and welcome to a very special edition of the Glass and Out podcast!
For many hockey fans, the holidays mean one thing: the start of the World Junior Championships. To celebrate this year’s tournament, we decided to bring on two former gold medal winning coaches to discuss their processes to leading their respective teams and countries to a World Junior Championship.
Brent Sutter led Canada to back-to-back gold medals in 2005 and 2006, going an incredible 12-0 in the process. The 2005 team is of course widely considered the best Canadian team of all-time, featuring a star-studded lineup of NHL All-Stars and future Hall of Famers. He would also return to coach in the 2014 tournament, where Canada finished fourth.
Phil Housley was twice an assistant coach with Team USA in 2007 and 2011, capturing bronze medals both years. He would then return as the program’s head coach in 2013, leading them to the fourth gold medal in the country’s history.
Sutter has been owner and president of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels since 1999. During that time, he’s spent 16 total seasons as the team’s GM and head coach, leading Red Deer to a Memorial Cup and taking home CHL’s Coach of the Year Award in 2001. He spent five seasons coaching in the NHL, split between the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames. As a player, Sutter is a two-time Stanley Cup champ and played over 1,000 games. He represented Canada on four occasions, including three consecutive Canada Cups.
Housley is a Hockey Hall of Famer and one of the most decorated defencemen to ever play the game. He got his coaching career started in Minnesota with Stillwater High School. After nine seasons, he’d join the Nashville Predators as an assistant. His first head coaching gig would come with Buffalo Sabres for two seasons. Currently, he is in the process of preparing for his second season as an assistant with the Arizona Coyotes.
We hope you enjoy this very special episode, as the two share their experience leading their respective countries to Gold.