CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada announced on Friday the coaching staff for the National Women’s Team for the upcoming 2006-07 season. Melody Davidson (Oyen, AB) will once again be the Head Coach for the National Women’s Team, and will be joined by assistant coaches Peter Smith (Montreal, QC/McGill University, CIS) and Barry Medori (Edmonton, AB/Edmonton Chimos, WWHL).
This coaching staff will be in place for the entire 2006-07 season, beginning with the Fall Festival in September, the Four Nations Cup in Kitchener in November, and the 2006 IIHF World Women’s Championship being held in Winnipeg/Selkirk in April of 2007. Once the 2006-07 season has concluded, Hockey Canada will look at the National Women’s Program coaching pool to create the National Women’s Team coaching staff for the 2007-08 season.
On , Melody Davidson signed a four year deal to remain with Hockey Canada as General Manager and Head Coach of the Women’s High Performance Program through the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Davidson, a Level IV certified coach, started with the National Women’s program during the 1993-94 season as an assistant coach with Canada’s World Women’s Championship team that captured gold. Since then, Davidson has won gold as the assistant coach at the 2001 IIHF World Women’s Championship and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. After taking over as the Head Coach of the National Women’s Team in 2004-05, Davidson guided the team to a silver medal at the 2005 IIHF World Women’s Championship and a gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
Peter Smith, an Advanced Level II certified coach, is currently the Head Coach of McGill University’s (CIS) Women’s Program. Smith has been involved with the National Women’s Program since the 2003-04 season when he served as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 team. As Head Coach with the National Women’s Under-22 program, Smith guided the team to win the 2005 Air Canada Cup in Germany. This will be his third season as an assistant coach with the National Women’s Senior Team as he was an assistant coach at the 2005 IIHF World Women’s Championship winning a silver medal, and earning a gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.
Barry Medori, an Advanced Level II certified coach, is currently the Head Coach of the Edmonton Chimos (WWHL). Medori will be joining the National Women’s Senior team coaching staff for the first time, although he was an advance scout for Canada at the 2005 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Linkoping, Sweden. Medori served as an assistant coach with the National Women’s Under-22 team during the 2004-05 season, winning the Air Canada Cup. Medori has previous Program of Excellence experience with both male and female teams having been a part of Team Alberta at the Canada Winter Games and the World Under-17 Challenge.
Julie Healy, Director of Female Hockey, is pleased to be able to draw from such a strong pool of coaches. “We have identified 11 coaches and formed a coaching pool that we will select from when it comes to staffing our Female National teams. Melody has already led our National Women’s program to Olympic gold, and moving into the next four year cycle we are pleased to have secured her to help lead us into the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Peter Smith and Barry Medori have both been a part of our National Team programs, and they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff as we host the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship.”
|NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM 2006-07 SCHEDULE|
|June 10-18||Conditioning Camp (born in ’86 or younger)||Calgary, AB|
|June 10-18||Conditioning Camp (born in ’85 or older)||Kitchener, ON|
|September 2-10||Fall Festival||TBD|
|November 4-6||Four Nations Cup Pre-Camp||Kitchener, ON|
|November 7-11||Four Nations Cup||Kitchener, ON|
|January 14-20||Evaluation Camp||Calgary, AB|
|March 24 – April 2||Pre-World Championship Camp||Manitoba|
|April 3-10||2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship||Winnipeg/Selkirk, MB|
For more information on Canada’s National Women’s program, please visit Hockey Canada’s official website at www.hockeycanada.ca