COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) â€” USA Hockey has fired two coaches responsible for scouting and developing young hockey talent across the country.
The organization on Wednesday announced that contracts for Jeff Jackson, chief executive of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., and his assistant, Bob Mancini, will not be renewed.
Both were relieved of their responsibilities after the announcement.
Jackson, an assistant coach on the 1998 U.S. Olympic hockey team and head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team, had directed the development program since its creation in 1996.
The program, which trains 46 players from across the country with the hope they would eventually play for the United States Olympic team, has produced several players who have been drafted by NHL teams.