Ray Shero is serving as the associate general manager of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time. He is an original member of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that was formed in February of 2007 to assist USA Hockey with the selection of players and staff of U.S. Men’s National Teams, including the Olympic Team.
Shero brings over 20 years of NHL management experience to the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently serving as executive vice president and general manager of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-2014.
Shero was named the 2012-13 NHL General Manager of the Year after the Penguins finished 36-12-0, won their first Atlantic Division title since 2008 and were the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and have qualified for the playoffs in each of Shero’s seven seasons in Pittsburgh.
During his initial campaign in 2006-07, Shero led the Penguins to their first playoff berth since 2001 and a 47-point improvement in the standings, which is the fourth-largest improvement from one season to the next in NHL history.
Prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh, Shero spent eight years as an assistant general manager of the NHL’s Nashville Predators (1998-2006), after serving for six years in a similar role with the Ottawa Senators (1993-98). As part of his duties in Nashville, Shero oversaw the Predators’ top minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, leading the team to two Western Conference championships and a Calder Cup title.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Shero played collegiately at St. Lawrence University, where he was a two-time captain.
Ray and his wife, Karen, reside in Upper St. Clair, Pa., with their sons, Christopher and Kyle.