GENEVA – New Chicago Steel general manager Ryan Hardy didn't have to go too far down the well to find his next head coach.
Shortly coming aboard from the Boston Bruins organization, Hardy tabbed former USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program assistant coach, Greg Moore, to lead behind the bench, per a Wednesday press release.
Moore succeeds former interim coach, Ryan Cruthers, who was relieved of his duties in a management shakeup coinciding with Hardy's hire.
Moore spent three seasons as an assistant coach with Team USA (U-17) squad. He was on the staff for the USA team that won the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship in Slovakia.
“We conducted a comprehensive search throughout professional, collegiate and junior hockey in an effort to identify our next head coach,” Hardy said in the release.
“Greg emerged from a talented and diverse candidate pool because of his leadership, passion for excellence and innovative hockey mind. We’re excited to welcome him to the Steel family and we look forward to watching him lead our team in 2018-2019 and beyond.”
Moore, a Lisbon, Maine, native, had nine years professional hockey experience as a player, spending time with the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets in the National Hockey League. He played for five American Hockey League franchises. Moore also spent some time playing in Europe.
Prior to his professional career, Moore played within the USA development program and won championships at the U17, 18 and 20 levels. He placed first at the 2001 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and captured a gold medal with the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2002.
Moore also competed for the United States’ first gold medal-winning team in IIHF World Junior Championship history in 2004.
"I’m grateful and excited to serve as the head coach of the Chicago Steel,” Moore said in the release. “The organization, Ryan Hardy and I share a progressive vision for how to develop hockey players at the junior hockey level.
"I am very much looking forward to watching that vision unfold, supported by a phenomenal resource in Belfry Hockey. I am confident that our current and future players will be enthusiastic about the style of hockey we will implement. Our goal is to energize everyone around us, especially the players, with the ideas and concepts we will be laying out for them. I can't wait to get started.”