CALGARY, AB – Tim Bothwell and Margot Page have been named as assistant coaches for Canada's National Women's Team and will join Head Coach, Melody Davidson for the 2004-2005 and 2005-06 season Hockey Canada announced on Friday.
Bothwell, a native of Calgary, Alberta, is an NCCP Level 1 coach, and has been an associate Head Coach with the NWHL’s Calgary Oval X-Treme during their NWHL Championship 2003-04 season. Prior to that Bothwell was an assistant coach with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers from 2001 through 2003. He was been the Head Coach of the University of Calgary from 1994-2001, and was named CIAU Coach of the Year in 1997. Tim also had an extensive playing career that went from 1979-1988 with over 500 NHL games spent with the New York Rangers, St.Louis Blues, and the Hartford Whalers.
Page, a native of Stoney Creek, Ontario, is an NCCP Advanced I certified coach. She was the Head Coach of the 2003-04 National Under-22 Team that captured the 2003 & 2004 European Air Canada Cup. Page has been the only head coach in the six year history of women’s hockey at Niagara (NY) University, joining them for the 1997-1998 season. Page led the Purple Eagles to its best ever result in 2001-2002, reaching the NCAA Final Four for the first time. As a player, she captured three gold medals with Canada's National Women's Team at the 1990, 1992 and 1994 IIHF World Women's Hockey Championships.
Bothwell and Page were selected by Hockey Canada following a thorough selection process conducted by the National Women's Team Policy Committee. The committee included the following Hockey Canada representatives: Bob Nicholson, President, Johnny Misley, Vice-president, Hockey, Julie Healy, Director of Female Hockey, and Allan Matthews, Chair of the Board.
Melody Davidson was named as the Head Coach for the National Women’s Team on May 31,2004. Davidson was Canada’s National Women’s Team Head Coach during the 1999-2000 season, capturing a gold medal with the 2000 World Championship team, and was Head Coach of Canada’s Women’s Under-22 team in 1998-99. Davidson was an assistant coach with Canada’s 2002 gold medal winning Women’s Olympic Hockey Team in Salt Lake City, and served as an assistant coach during the 2000-01 and 1993-94 seasons winning World Championship gold medals both years as well as at the 2000 Four Nations Cup and the 1996 Pacific Rim.
During the 2004-2005 season, Davidson will be based at Cornell University and split her head coaching duties between Team Canada and her current position as Head Coach of Cornell University Women’s NCAA division l team where she has guided the team to two straight ECAC playoff appearances. Bothwell will continue on as the associate coach in Calgary with the Oval X-Treme, and Page will be the Head Coach of the Niagara University’s Women’s Hockey Team in addition to their roles with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
"We are very pleased to have such an experienced group of coaches for our 2004-05 National Women’s Team and 2005-06 National Women’s Olympic Team. Both Tim and Margot have a lot to add to our program and will be a great compliment to Melody in their future success," said Johnny Misley, Hockey Canada’s Vice-president of Hockey Operations.
Over the next few months, the coaching staff and Hockey Canada’s Director of Female Programs, Julie Healy, will solidify plans for the 2004-2005 season, which will include a Thanksgiving Festival from October 3-10, the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, NY in November from 10-14, the January selection camp from 22-30, and the 2005 IIHF World Women's World Hockey Championship April 7-16, 2005 in Linkoping and Norrkoping, Sweden. The 2006 Winter Olympic Games are being held in Torino, Italy from February 10-26, 2006.