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Hockey Canada Announces Head Coaches for National Women's Under-22 Team and National Women's Under-18 Team
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July 22, 2010
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CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced on Thursday that Jim Fetter (Waterloo, Ont.) will serve as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team for the 2010-11 season, while Sarah Howald (Regina, Sask.) will hold the same position for Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team.

As head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team, Jim Fetter will serve as the head coach of one of Canada’s national teams for the first time after spending three seasons as an assistant coach. For the last two years, Fetter was an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team, winning a gold medal at the 2009 MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany, and a silver medal at the same event in 2008. He was also an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team during the 2007-08 season, winning a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Calgary, Alta. Fetter just completed his seventh season at Wayne State University, and was named College Hockey America women’s hockey coach of the year for three-consecutive seasons (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08).

Fetter will lead Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team for a three-game series against the United States from August 18-21 at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto, Ont., and will also be behind the bench when Canada defends its MLP Cup gold medal next January in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.

As head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, Sarah Howald will be the head coach of one of Canada’s national teams for the second time in three seasons in 2010-11, having led Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team during the 2008-09 season, winning a silver medal at the 2009 MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany. She spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team, and served as the team’s video coach during the 2006-07 season, winning gold at the Air Canada Cup in Ravensburg, Germany in both seasons. Howald has been the head coach of the University of Regina women’s hockey team for each of its 12 seasons, leading the team to a Canada West championship and a silver medal at the CIS championship in 2001, and was head coach of Team Saskatchewan at the November 2005 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.

Howald will be Canada’s head coach for a three-game series against the United States from August 18-21 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and will also lead the team in defense of its 2010 gold medal at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship next spring in Sweden.

Assistant coaches for both Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will be announced following the selection camps for both teams, which will be held simultaneously from August 6-15 at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto, Ont. Rosters for the under-22 and under-18 selection camps will be announced later this week.


For more information:

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

 

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