Troy Ryan to coach Canada’s Olympic women’s hockey team
CALGARY – Troy Ryan has been named the head coach of Canada’s women’s hockey team for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Ryan, of Spryfield, Nova Scotia, was Laura Schuler’s assistant coach at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where Canada lost the final to the United States in a shootout.
He was also assistant coach to Perry Pearn at the 2019 World Championships in Finland, where Canada won bronze.
Ryan was named Canada’s head coach for the world championship in his home province of Nova Scotia in 2020 and 2021, but those tournaments have been canceled due to COVID-19.
Hockey Canada still intends to host the 2021 tournament August 20-31 at a location that has yet to be named.
Hockey Canada has named the 28 players who will gather in Calgary in July to try to join the Olympic team and spend six months preparing for the Winter Games.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with this leadership opportunity,” Ryan said in a statement Thursday.
“Hockey Canada has assembled a great staff to share this trip with. We are very happy to be able to work with such an incredible and engaged group of elite athletes on a daily basis as we prepare for Beijing 2022. ”
Ryan’s assistants will be Kori Cheverie of New Glasgow, NS, and Jim Midgley of Townsend, Ont., As well as goaltending coach Brad Kirkwood of Calgary.
Doug Derraugh, of Arnprior, Ont., Will assume a coaching staff support role during the 2020-2021 season.
The coaching staff has been selected by Hockey Canada’s Director of Women’s National Teams, Gina Kingsbury, CEO Tom Renney, President Scott Smith, COO Scott Salmond and Management Consultant Cassie Campbell. -Pascall.
“This four-year-old Olympic quad has challenged our coaching staff with adjustments to the changing landscape of our game,” Kinsgbury said.
“Troy has kept our program consistent, and we believe he is in a good position to guide us through the 2021-22 season and towards our ultimate goal of winning an Olympic gold medal.
“With limited time to compete, our coaching staff bonded quickly, which is what we need in short and long term competition.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 13, 2021.
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