In a sign of the growing global popularity of the Olympic Games, the National Hockey League has announced it has hired former professional hockey player and entrepreneur Tom Brady as a coach for the U.S. Olympic hockey team.
Brady will coach the U, which will begin play in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 5.
It’s the second coach for a U.N. Games bid to be hired in recent years, after the Los Angeles Kings hired former Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils coach Brian Shaw last year.
“Tom Brady is a phenomenal coach,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
“He’s been a successful professional hockey coach, which is why he’s been brought in to lead the U team.”
The U.K. and China are also looking to get their U.
Games bids approved.
The U.SN says Brady will serve as the head coach of the U-23 team.