Florida Panthers assistant general manager Brett Peterson was named the first Black general manager of the 2024 United States men's national team Thursday.
The United States will compete in 2024 IIHF World Championship in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, on May 10-26.
"It's a great honor, and I'm excited to get a group of fantastic individuals together and see what we can do," Peterson said. "I'm very happy that our game and our sport continues to evolve and grow where there can be 'firsts' and 'seconds' and 'thirds.' I think it just speaks to what USA Hockey has done creating opportunities for so many different people to play the game, myself included, and then to continue to fall in love with it and continue to want to chase our dreams to the highest level."
USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations John Vanbiesbrouck said Peterson "has done a terrific job in helping build the Florida Panthers" since he became assistant GM on Nov. 17, 2020. The Panthers have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs three times during Peterson's tenure and reached the 2023 Stanley Cup Final, a five-game loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.
"We are really excited to have Brett as the general manager of our men's national team," Vanbiesbrouck said, "… His extensive knowledge of the overall player pool in our country will be really beneficial in putting together our team for the World Championship."
The United States Men's National Team Advisory Group, led by Vanbiesbrouck and includes NHL general managers Kevyn Adams (Buffalo Sabres), Craig Conroy (Calgary Flames), Chris Drury (New York Rangers), Tom Fitzgerald (New Jersey Devils), Mike Grier (San Jose Sharks), Bill Guerin (Minnesota Wild), Lou Lamoriello (New York Islanders), Chris MacFarland (Colorado Avalanche), Don Waddell (Carolina Hurricanes) and Bill Zito (Panthers), will assist Peterson in constructing the roster for the 2024 team.
"For me, this is just another opportunity to learn from a very established group of gentlemen," Peterson said. "Some of them I know well, some of them I know kind of well, and get to know what their thought processes are on things and, hopefully, continue to use that in my own growth and development as I continue to improve as an assistant GM."