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Phil Housley
Assistant Coach

Phil Housley enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators in 2014-15 with his primary responsibilities being to run the team’s up-and-coming defensive corps and head up the power play. In his first season behind an NHL bench in 2013-14, the fourth-highest scoring blueliner in NHL history mentored the youngest group of defensemen in the League (24.02 years), helping Shea Weber and Roman Josi attain career offensive numbers while further developing rising young talent Ryan Ellis and rookies Seth Jones, Mattias Ekholm and Victor Bartley. Housley also oversaw marked improvement on the man-advantage, as the power play rose to 12th in the NHL at 19.2 percent in his first season at its helm.

Since entering the coaching ranks in 2004, Housley helped USA Hockey reach new heights, highlighted by a gold medal-winning performance at the 2013 World Junior Championship with a team that included Jones and Predators 2012 third-round pick Jimmy Vesey. He’s also served as an assistant at five other international competitions, helping the U.S. National Team earn bronze medals at the 2013 World Championship and both the 2007 and 2011 World Junior Championships, while also serving behind the bench at the 2014 World Championship, alongside new Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette, and the 2011 edition of the tournament. He was also one of two head coaches for the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in 2012.

The highest scoring American-born defenseman amassed 1,232 points (338g-894a) in 1,495 NHL regular-season games – sixth-most games all-time among blueliners – in a career that spanned 21 seasons (1982-2003) with eight teams (Buffalo, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago and Toronto). Housley was also a seven-time All-Star Game selection, a 1992 Second-Team All-Star, finished among the Top Five in Norris Trophy voting four times, and was runner-up for the 1983 Calder Trophy as an 18-year-old. A first-round pick (sixth overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Housley was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

The 50-year-old native of South St. Paul, Minn., also played extensively for his country. A seven-time member of the U.S. National Team at the World Championship (1982, 1986, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003), Housley helped Team USA to one of its biggest international victories ever by capturing the 1996 World Cup of Hockey title, and also earned a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and. He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2012, received the USA Hockey Distinguished Achievement Award in 2013 for his outstanding contributions on or off the ice to the sport in America, the 2008 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States, and USA Hockey’s Bob Johnson Award in 2000 for excellence in international competition.

Housley and his wife, Minnesota State Senator Karin, have four children, Taylor, Reide, Wilson and Avery.

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