Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella will coach the American team at the 2008 world hockey championship.

"I'm honoured to be selected," said Tortorella, who has more wins than any other American-born coach in NHL history. "It truly is an honour to represent our country and I look forward to the opportunity."

Tortorella served as an associate coach of the U.S. team that played in the 2005 world championship in Austria.

"We're certainly pleased to have someone with John Tortorella's credentials coaching our world championship team," said Jim Johannson of USA Hockey.

"He's had a lot of success in his career, including winning the Stanley Cup, and knows what it takes to win at the highest level."

This year's world championship tournament is scheduled for May in Halifax and Quebec City.

With files from the Associated Press