Guider named U18 national team assistant coach

by Jason Olson
Sports Editor

Off season is a myth for Blaine girls’ hockey coach Steve Guider.

Guider, who just celebrated his 10th season behind the bench as head coach (and two decades of coaching experience), has been named one of two assistant coaches for the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 team for the 2012-13 season.

Blaine girls' hockey coach and US U18 national team assistant coach Steve Guider.

The season includes the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival at the Schwan Super Rink in August, the 2012 Women’s Under-18 Series, a three-game competition against Canada also at the Super Rink in Blaine Aug. 16-19, and culminates with the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World U18 Championship next winter.

“Anytime you represent the red, white and blue in something like this it’s huge,” he said about the honor.

Guider joins current Princeton University and U18 national team head coach Jeff Kampersal’s staff along with Boston College assistant coach Courtney Kennedy as an assistant on the U-18 national team staff.

Guider has worked various camps with Kampersal and Kennedy.

“Kennedy is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met,” Guider said.

Guider has won numerous coaching honors including the Charlie Stryker Coach of the Year in 2004 and Butch Nash Outstanding Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008. He has been the head goalie coach at the USA Hockey Girls’ Player Development Camps for the last 11 seasons in addition to a number of U.S. Women’s National Team camps and events.

In addition to his new duties, Guider will continue to work at other USA Hockey tryouts and camps including four national evaluation camps in St. Cloud in August where he evaluates and works with the goalies.

He plans to work an elite national goalie camp with fellow Minnesotan Rob Stauber, who is the current U.S. Women’s National Team goalie coach.
The two will work at the Warren Strelow Goaltending camp in Ann Arbor, Mich., May 9-13.

Next Decemeber he will leave the Blaine program to help with the U-18s as they compete at the world championships for 10 days.

While it was recently announced that Guider would be part of the staff, he most likely will work with the goalies and possibly special team situations.

The team will first come together for a camp in July.

Even though the prep season is now over, Guider is the Section 5 (A and AA) general manager for the Senior Classic which starts this weekend at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.