11:15 am: Scott Gordon is the lead candidate to coach Team USA at the World Championships in Germany in May, sources tell Point Blank.
As USA Hockey officials show respect to the NHL schedule and teams mathematically still in the playoff hunt, an official announcement is not expected until the final week of the regular season.
The 46-year-old Islanders coach was an assistant to Ron Wilson at last year’s World Championships in Switzerland and the Olympics in Vancouver.
Although he has yet to be contacted by USA Hockey officials, Islanders forward Kyle Okposo is a strong candidate for a roster spot.
Besides the honor of coaching and playing for their country, Gordon and Okposo could be part of something special. The 2010 IIHF World Championships kick off on May 7 with a game between Germany and the United States before 75,000 fans in a retractable roof soccer stadium in Gelsenkirchen. If the weather cooperates, the game will be played at 8:15 pm with the roof open.