Coaches selected to lead Canada's national women's development and under-18 teams
Marin returns behind the bench for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team; Collins chosen to lead Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team
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July 14, 2017
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CALGARY, Alta. – The coaching staffs for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team for the 2017-18 season have been named.

Noémie Marin (Acton Vale, Que./John Abbott College, CEGEP) will return as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and will be joined by assistant coaches Carla MacLeod (Calgary/Edge School, CSSHL) and Matt Desrosiers (Port Colborne, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC), and goaltending coach Gord Woodhall (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg Avros, MFMHL).

Delaney Collins (Pilot Mound, Man./Fraser Valley, FMAAA) will serve as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, with assistant coaches and Amanda Benoit-Wark (Welland, Ont./Ridley College, CAHS) and Darren Turcotte (North Bay, Ont./Nipissing University, OUA), and goaltending coach Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, AUS)

“We’re excited about the depth in leadership across these coaching staffs and the presence of our alumnae behind the bench,” said Melody Davidson, general manager of national women’s team programs with Hockey Canada. “These coaches have experience across many different levels of the game along with our programs, and we’re looking forward to this group leading our teams on the international stage throughout the 2017-18 season.”

Canada’s National Women’s Development Team

Marin is currently the women’s hockey head coach at John Abbott College. An alumna of Canada’s National Women’s Development Team (2004-06), Marin led Team Canada as head coach during the 2016-17 season and was an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship and with Team Quebec at the 2015 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.

Desrosiers has been the head coach of women’s hockey at Clarkson University for the past eight seasons and captured NCAA championships in 2014 and 2017. Desrosiers also served as a selection camp coach with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team in 2016. As a player, he played five years of professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Central Hockey League (CHL).

MacLeod has served as the head coach for women’s hockey at the Edge School since 2014. As a player, she is a two-time Olympic gold-medallist with Canada’s National Women’s Team and a four-time world champion. She also served as a selection camp coach for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in 2016 and was an assistant coach for the Japanese Olympic women’s hockey team in Sochi, Russia.

Woodhall is presently the goaltending coach for the Winnipeg Avros Midget AAA team. He will be making his first coaching appearance with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team during the 2017-18 season.

Hockey Canada also announced the support staff that will work with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team during the 2017-18 season, including:

  • video coach Adam Tresoor (Edmonton, Alta./Hockey Canada)
  • therapist Kelsey Marshall (Burlington, Ont./McMaster Univeristy, OUA)
  • massage therapist Julie Yew (Montreal, Que./Montreal, CWHL)
  • Dr. Tina Atkinson (Dartmouth, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL)
  • strength and conditioning coach Ben Bahrami (Hamilton, Ont./McMaster University, OUA)
  • mental skills coach Sommer Christie (Calgary, Alta./Hockey Canada)
  • equipment manager Andrew Davis (Vankleek Hill, Ont./Concordia University, OUA)

Canada’s National Women’s Development Team camp is scheduled for Aug. 6-13 in Calgary. The team will also participate at the 2018 Nations Cup early next year.

Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team

Collins served as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in 2015 and 2017, and won a gold-medal with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team at the 2015 Nations Cup. As a player she is a three-time world champion with Canada’s National Women’s Team (2000, 2004, 2007). Collins also served as assistant coach with Mercyhurst University from 2011-16 and worked as an assistant coach with the Okanagan Hockey Academy.

Benoit-Wark has been the head coach of the girls’ hockey team at Ridley College since 2008. As an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team she won a gold medal at the 2015 Nations Cup and claimed silver in 2017. As a player, she is two-time world champion (1999, 2000) with Canada’s National Women’s Team.

Turcotte is currently the head coach of Nipissing University and won gold as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team at the 2015 Nations Cup. As a player, he was drafted in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers and played 11 NHL seasons with New York, Hartford, Winnipeg, San Jose, St. Louis, and Nashville.

Johnston has been the goaltending coach at Dalhousie University for the past 14 seasons. He previously served as the goaltending coach for Canada’s National Women’s Team during the 2014-15 season and won a gold-medal at the 2014 4 Nations Cup. He has worked with various teams across Canada’s National Women’s Program since 2008.

Hockey Canada also announced the support staff that will work with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team throughout the 2016-17 season, including:

  • video coach Rick Traugott (Toronto/Hockey Canada)
  • therapist Trish McBride (Vancouver/Hockey Canada)
  • massage therapist James Johnston (Campbell River, B.C./Hockey Canada)
  • Dr. Kailey Buller (Calgary/Hockey Canada)
  • strength and conditioning coach Vicki Bendus (Wasaga Beach, Ont./Brock University, OUA)
  • mental skills coach Paula McQuaid (Charlottetown, P.E.I./Hockey Canada)
  • equipment manager Scott Cyr (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Saskatchewan, CWUAA)

Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-13 in Calgary, followed by a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under-18 Select Team from Aug. 15-20 in Lake Placid, N.Y. It will also participate in the 2018 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media onFacebook,Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Women.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

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