NY Islanders: Former Sound Tiger Appointed Head Coach of USNTDP

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Former Bridgeport Sound Tiger, Greg Moore, was called upon by USA Hockey to take over as the head coach for the U-17 US National Team Development Program (USNTDP). Monroe spent a season with the NY Islanders affiliate in 2009-10, serving as an alternate captain during his short stint with the organization.

During his short time in Bridgeport, Moore scored 14 goals while adding 17 assists. His best season as a pro came with the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2007-08, accounting for 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) in 72 games.

Graduating from the program in 2022, Moore, 39, was named the 17th head coach in the history of the USNTDP. Beginning his coaching career following his days as a player in 2015, Moore spent three years with the program as an assistant. In 2018 he took a position as the bench boss of the Chicago Steel of the USHL, leading the franchise to the Clark Cup Finals during his first season in charge. Just 20 games into his second season, Moore left the Steel to take over as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, replacing Sheldon Keefe, who was promoted as the Leaf's head coach. It was announced in May that the Marlies weren't renewing Moore's contract, as he was a Kyle Dubas hire, and the team was likely looking to move on from the old regime.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be named a head coach at the National Team Development Program,” Moore said in a statement regarding his appointment as head coach. “I’m thankful to be able to continue the tremendous coaching tradition at the NTDP, and I can’t wait to get started with the extremely talented group of incoming U17 players.”

One of Moore's top priorities as head coach will be to prepare his players for the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup - the first major event during a prospects draft year. Those players will then graduate to the U-18 team as some of the top US-born prospects the game has to offer.

The NTDP has become the preferred destination for the top young Americans looking to make a name for themself, with current Islanders Oliver Wahlstrom and recent draft picks Danny Nelson and Zach Schulz as graduates.