Ken Klee, a retired 14-year NHL veteran, will coach the U.S. women’s hockey team at its first tournament since the Sochi Olympics, the Four Nations Cup in British Columbia from Nov. 4-8.
Klee, 43, succeeds Katey Stone, who led the U.S. to its second straight Olympic silver medal in Sochi. Klee played for seven NHL teams as a defenseman, the last the Phoenix Coyotes in 2009.
Stone has not been involved with the U.S. team since the Olympics, but the coach for the 2015 World Championships hasn’t been decided.
The U.S. roster for the Four Nations Cup includes 12 Sochi Olympians, led by forwards Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker, Kendall Coyne and Alex Carpenter and defenseman Monique Lamoureux. Knight will practice with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
Olympic starting goalie Jessie Vetter is not on the roster and taking a break from the team.
Neither is four-time Olympian Julie Chu, nor Lamoureux’s sister, Jocelyne. Chu is not retired and still playing professionally. Jocelyne Lamoureux is recovering from injury.
Amanda Kessel is out with lingering concussion symptoms. Olympic captain Meghan Duggan is not on the roster but not retired. Duggan is an assistant coach at Clarkson University.