During the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Marlies, announced they would not be renewing the contracts of their coaching staff. Even after coaching the team to a regular season North Division title, and the longest stretch in the playoffs since the 2018-19 season, Greg Moore was sent packing.
Now, Moore will be leading the bench of one of the most recognizable brands in United States hockey, as the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) has announced Moore as the 17th coach in team history. This will be Moore’s second time involved with the program, as he was an assistant coach from 2015-18, helping coach the team to a gold medal finish during the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship.
After serving as an assistant coach for the NTDP for several years, Moore signed on as a head coach for the Chicago Steel of the USHL from 2018-2020. In his first season as head coach, the Steel made it all the way to the 2019 Clark Cup Final, ultimately losing to the Sioux Fall Stampede.
Moore is excited to be back with the NTDP, saying, “It’s a privilege and an honor to be named a head coach at the National Team Development Program. 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”.
As of now, 17 of the 23 rostered players have college commitments, and Moore will be in charge of bringing their game to a higher level. It may be considered a step back from the AHL level, but Moore will still have an important job for the top junior system in the United States.
Photo courtesy of the United States Development Team National Program