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Ted Nolan hired to coach Latvian team

Ted Nolan was hired as head coach of the Latvian national team for the upcoming season, the Latvian Hockey Federation announced on Wednesday.

Nolan, 53, is expected to sign his contract in the upcoming days and arrive in Riga by the end of the month.

"We were looking for a neutral, authoritative coach with lots of experience and good hockey knowledge," LHF president Kirovs Lipmans said, according the the International Ice Hockey Federation. "This is exactly what we found with Ted Nolan."

Nolan coached the Buffalo Sabres from 1995-97 and the New York Islanders from 2006-08. He won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year for the 1996-97 season.

The past two years, Nolan worked with the AHL's Rochester Americans as vice president of hockey operations.

Nolan replaces Olegs Znaroks as coach and is the first North American coach of the Latvian national team since Canadian Larry Marsh in 1939.

The Latvian national team finished in 13th place at the 2011 IIHF World Championships.