Dan Hinote, Associate Coach (U18s)

Dan Hinote is making his first appearance as associate coach with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.

Hinote, who played 14 years of professional hockey in the NHL, AHL and SHL, will serve on the U.S. National Under-18 Team staff during the 2018-19 season.

Hinote played 503 games in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup championship with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. He retired from professional hockey in 2010 and spent four seasons (2010-14) as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Most recently, Hinote was serving as a part-time scout for the Blue Jackets. 

Hinote played two seasons of college hockey at the U.S. Military Academy and today remains the only player in program history to be drafted as he was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.

Nick Fohr, Associate Coach (U17s)

Nick Fohr enters the 2018-19 season, his eighth with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, as an associate coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.

In his first season as associate coach in 2017-18, Fohr helped lead the Under-18 Team to a first-place finish at the Five Nations Tournament and a silver medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

He became the first associate coach in NTDP history following the 2016-17 season.

As assistant coach with Team USA, Fohr has helped lead two gold-medal teams (2015 & 2017) and one silver-medal squad (2013), at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship. Additionally, he served on the bench for one first-place finish (2014) and one second-place showing (2012) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

A part of multiple tournament teams with the U.S. as an assistant, the Grand Forks, North Dakota, native has seen championships with the Under-17 Team at the Four Nations Tournament twice (2011, 2013) and Five Nations (2014) and Vlad Dzurilla (2012) tournaments once. While charged with assisting the U18s, Fohr helped guide winners at two Four Nations (2012, 2014) tournaments and two Five Nations tournaments (2016, 2017)

Fohr’s tour of duty with USA Hockey has also included serving as assistant coach with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team four times (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017) and in that same position at three CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Games (2012, 2014, 2016).

Fohr played four seasons (1998-2002) at the University of Nebraska Omaha and also previously starred in two seasons with the USHL’s Lincoln Stars (1996-98), where he earned a spot on the All-Star Team in 1997-98.

Thomas Speer, Goaltending Coach

Thomas Speer is in his second season with the NTDP as the goaltending coach for both the U17 and U18 teams. He also oversees the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program. 

Prior to joining the NTDP Speer worked as director of amateur goaltending for the Dallas Stars, a goalie development coordinator for USA Hockey in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as director of camp development and personnel for Elite Goalies in Allen, Texas. He also served as a goaltending coach for the Allen Americans of the ECHL for four seasons.