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Housley returns to NHL

05/22/2013, 1:45pm CDT
By Star Tribune and MN Hockey Hub staff

After coaching at Stillwater for nine seasons, Phil Housley named assistant with Nashville


Former Stillwater coach Phil Housley was hired Tuesday as an assistant coach with the NHL's Nashville Predators. Photo by Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune

After nine years as the head coach at Stillwater, former NHL star and Olympian Phil Housley was named an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Housley, 49, a South St. Paul native, coached the United States to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships last month in Russia. He also was an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the Men’s World Championships where the Americans on Sunday won the bronze for their first medal at the tournament in nine years.

Housley played 21 seasons with eight NHL teams. The seven-time all-star ranks fourth all-time among defensemen with 1,232 points.

Housley resigned his position at Stillwater Tuesday morning, school activities director Ricky Michel said, adding that Housley “did a very nice job with our program’’ and helped develop top-flight players.

Stillwater went 10-15-0 last season, losing to Hill-Murray 6-2 in the semifinals of the Section 4AA playoffs.

Nashville hired Housley after firing associate coach Peter Horachek.

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