Cassandra Turner Named Canada's Assistant Coach For 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey assistant coach Cassandra Turner (Campbellford, Ontario) has been selected to serve as assistant coach for Canada at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's Under-18 Championship. The World Women's Under-18 Championship will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from January 1-8.

"Some of my greatest experiences in hockey revolve around my association with the national program," said Coach Turner. "Watching my small town Ontario hockey dreams become reality, having my hockey heroes become my friends and teammates, and experiencing the once in a life time opportunities only hockey could provide, I truly recognize the magnitude of this event for the participants. Knowing what's in store for the athletes, I'm honored to be able to give back, represent my country, and, hopefully, serve as the mentor and role model I found in my own coaches during my time with Team Canada U-22 and National Program."

Turner and France Montour will assist Canada's head coach Sarah Hodges, as Canada looks to defend its gold medal that it earned in April, when it defeated the U.S.A., 5-4, in an overtime thriller.

"Cassie is an up and coming young coach who will bring energy and a strong attention to detail to our staff," said Coach Hodges. "In addition, her past experiences as a coach at our camps and as a former National U-22 team member will be an asset at the U-18 World Championships."

Canada will play in Group A which contains three other countries including Germany, Finland, and Switzerland. Group B contains Sweden, Japan, Czech Republic and the U.S.A. Canada will kick off the Championship week when it faces Switzerland on January 1 at 3 p.m.