NEW YORK -- Each hails from Massachusetts and coaches a New York NHL team. But now Rangers bench boss John Tortorella and Islanders head coach Scott Gordon have another connection: assistant coaches for the 2010 U.S. Olympic team. Tortorella, who coached Team USA at the World Championships in April 2008, and Gordon, who played on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team, were named yesterday as U.S. coach Ron Wilson's assistants. "Anytime you have a chance to represent your country, it's an honor," Tortorella said, a sentiment that Gordon echoed. "When you look around at all the American candidates that are available, to get an opportunity like this, I wasn't expecting it," the second-year Islanders coach said. "I was obviously hopeful. I'm just thrilled to be able to do it." At the 2008 Worlds, Tortorella coached the U.S. team, which finished sixth after a loss to Finland in the quarterfinal round. He also was an assistant at the 2005 Worlds, when the Czech Republic eliminated the United States in the quarterfinals. The 2010 Olympics will be particularly special, Tortorella said, "because we're going to Vancouver, not across the pond, we're playing right in a Canadian city. When you're in the World Championships, it means you're not in the playoffs in the National Hockey League. That isn't fun, but it was a great experience." Not only will the 2010 hockey games be on the smaller North American ice, they will be "a bit of a turn for USA Hockey. It's going to be a really young team," said Tortorella, who, along with Gordon, will attend the team's four-day training camp in Woodbridge, Ill., in mid-August. Tortorella has never coached with Wilson. Gordon is more familiar and spoke with him at the draft in Montreal. "He's very good about sharing information," said Gordon, who was an assistant for Wilson at the World Championships. "He knew what he was going to do. The input I had was talking about some different ways to practice it. We do have a similar style, and obviously, John Tortorella's style is to be aggressive. Hopefully, we'll execute and have success with it."