COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former Gopher All-American and 1988 Hobey Baker Award winner Robb Stauber has been named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Team coaching staff , USA Hockey announced tonight. Stauber and the U.S. squad will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, set for Feb. 7-23, 2014.
Stauber, who will serve as goaltending coach and scout, has been involved with the U.S. Women's National team since 2009, focusing on coaching and development of its goaltenders. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will mark Stauber's first appearance at the Olympics as an assistant coach for the U.S.
The former netminder has 10 years of professional hockey experience, including four seasons in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres. The Duluth, Minn., native also spent time in the IHL and AHL.
At the University of Minnesota, he was the first goaltender to win the Hobey Baker Award (1988). He was also the recipient that year of the WCHA Player of the Year award and was named All-WCHA First Team and All-America First Team. Additionally, Stauber was recognized as WCHA Goaltender of the Year in 1988 and 1989. Stauber also represented the U.S. at the 1987 IIHF World Junior Championship and 1989 IIHF Men's World Championship.
In addition to his playing career at the University of Minnesota, Stauber served as the goalie coach for the University of Minnesota's men's team from 1998-2008, helping the program win back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003.
With tonight's news, Gopher Hockey will now have representatives on both the U.S. Olympic Men's and Women's Teams (Gophers All-American and current Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards will serve as an assistant coach for the men's team with seven former Gophers set to attend training camp). Minnesota will also have representatives on the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team with Don Lucia serving as head coach and Brady Skjei and Hudson Fasching set to attend training camp before competing at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden Dec. 26, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014.