USA Hockey have announced that Dan Jablonic has joined their American Development Model (ADM) staff.
Jablonic's role will see him work with players, coaches and parents in Illinois where he will lead age-appropriate training, competition and athlete development programmes.
Upon the appointment, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey Kevin McLaughlin said: "Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.
"He has an extensive playing and coaching background along with a tremendous passion for our sport at the grassroots level.
"We're excited to have him as part of our ADM staff."
Jablonic previously served as hockey director for the Washington Little Caps youth hockey programme where he oversaw a 50 per cent increase in player participation and five consecutive Potomac Valley championship titles.
In his professional playing career, Jablonic played for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I side Bulldogs from 1993 to 1997 and finished his career at Swedish team Skelleftea AIK.
It was at Skelleftea AIK where Jablonic began his coaching career, serving as assistant coach of the under-18 team and then the under-20 team before being promoted to the first team.
Jablonic, a USA Hockey level four certified coach, will begin his new role at USA Hockey on February 15.