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142 players invited to the BFL selection camp of the National Women’s Program

10 coaches from the staff of the three women’s national teams

CALGARY, AB. – The table is set for the 2022-23 season of Canada’s National Women’s Team, Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team: 10 coaches will be behind the bench, including an all-female staff for the Under-18 team.

Troy Ryan (Spryfield, NS) returns for a third year as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team. He will be supported by the assistants Kori Cheverie (New Glasgow, NS), Alison Domenico (Ottawa, ON/College of Providence, HE) and Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Qc/Concordia University, RSEQ)as well as by the goalkeeper coach Brad Kirkwood (Calgary, AB/University of Calgary, CW) and video trainer James Emery (Calgary, AB).

“We are thrilled to have Troy, Kori, Ali, Brad and James back on the Women’s National Team for another season and to welcome such an outstanding coach as Caroline,” said Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, QC), Director of Hockey Operations at Hockey Canada. “We want to build on the great momentum of the program last season, and we’ve assembled an incredible group to do that and to support our athletes. »

Ryan recently led Canada to gold medals at the 2021 IIHF World Women’s Championship and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. As an assistant coach, he earned silver at the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 and 2017 IIHF World Women’s Championship, as well as bronze at the 2019 IIHF World Women’s Championship. He has been an advisory coach for the Atlantic Canada women’s program at the Canadian Sport Center – Atlantic since 2016.

Cheverie won gold as an assistant coach at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship. She became the first woman named to the coaching staff of a Canadian men’s national team, at the 2022 IIHF Men’s U18 World Championship. She is also the first woman to be hired as a full-time assistant coach by U SPORTS, where she was an assistant for the Ryerson University men’s hockey team for five seasons (2016-2021).

Domenico recently completed her first season as associate head coach of the College de Providence women’s hockey team, after three seasons as an assistant coach. Most recently, she won a gold medal as an assistant coach at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. She was also named an assistant coach for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2021-2022 season, before joining the coaching staff of the Olympic team.

Ouellette is in her second season as associate head coach of the women’s hockey team at Concordia University, after serving as the interim head coach in 2020-2021. Internationally, she won a bronze medal as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, and silver with the National Women’s Under-18 Team. years of Canada at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. As a player, she won four Olympic gold medals and six world titles with Canada’s National Women’s Team during her 17-year international career.

Canada’s National Women’s Team will meet in Calgary for a selection camp Aug. 2-14 ahead of the 2022 IIHF World Women’s Championship, which runs Aug. 24-Sept. 4 in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark .

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF CANADA’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM STAFF AND LIST OF CAMP SUPPORT STAFF.

On the under 18 side, Courtney Birchard-Kessel (Mississauga, ON/Princeton University, ECAC) will make her international head coaching debut at the helm of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team. She will be supported by the assistant coaches Stefanie McKeough (Carlsbad Springs, Ont./University of Ottawa, OUA) and Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, ON/Stonehill College, NEWHA)as well as the goalkeeping coach Gord Woodhall (Winnipeg, MB/Winnipeg, MFHL) and video trainer Steve Thomson (Oshawa, Ont.).

Birchard-Kessel has been an assistant coach for the Princeton University women’s hockey team for three seasons (2019-2022). Won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2019 IIHF Women’s U18 World Championship, and was also an assistant with the national team Women’s Development Team twice (2017 and 2019).

McKeough just completed her second season as an assistant coach with the University of Ottawa women’s hockey team (2020-2022). She was previously the head coach of Gothenburg HC in the Svenka Damhockeyligen (SDHL) in Sweden during the 2020 season, after serving as an assistant for two years (2018-2019). As a player, McKeough won a silver medal with Canada at the 2009 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

Watchorn is preparing for the first season of women’s hockey at Stonehill College, after serving as an assistant coach at Boston College for four seasons (2017-2020). She also won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2022 IIHF Women’s U18 World Championship, and was an assistant with the national team. Women’s Development Team for a three-game series against the United States in 2019.

Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will meet in Calgary August 2-14 for selection for a three-game series against the United States, August 17-20, as well as the World Championship 2023 IIHF U18 Women’s Championship in Sweden.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF CANADA’S NATIONAL WOMEN’S UNDER-18 TEAM STAFF AND LIST OF CAMP SUPPORT STAFF.

Cheverie will also be at the helm of Canada’s National Women’s Development Team as head coach. She will be supported by the assistants Rachel Flanagan (Pontypool, Ont./University of Guelph, OUA) and Marc-André Côté (Montreal, QC/University of Moncton, AUS)as well as by the goalkeeper coach Perry Wilson (LaSalle, Ont./University of Windsor, OUA) and video trainer Richard Bue (Ottawa, ON).

Flanagan is in her sixteenth season as head coach of the University of Guelph women’s hockey team, where she helped the team win its first national championship in 2019. She also captured five championship titles. Ontario University Sport (OUA), was named OUA Coach of the Year five times, served as an assistant with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team twice (2011 and 2012) and was named a of the BFL Coach of the Year award in 2021.

Side was recently the head coach of the Université de Moncton women’s hockey team for two seasons (2018-2020), after having been an assistant for the previous five seasons (2013-2018) and winning the championship of Atlantic University Sport (AUS). He also coached Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp in 2022.

Canada’s National Women’s Development Team will join Canada’s National Women’s Team for selection camp in Calgary August 2-14 and will compete in the three-game series against the United States August 17-20.

“It is very exciting for Canada’s National Women’s Program to welcome experienced coaches who have already been involved at various levels of our program to lead the National Women’s Under-18 Team and the National Women’s Team. development program this year,” said Kingsbury. And it’s exciting to bring the three National Women’s Teams together in Calgary to kick off this new hockey season, and we look forward to welcoming our athletes and rosters for several events this summer. »

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