CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced Quinnipiac women's ice hockey's associate head coach Cassie Turner has been named the head coach of Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team for the 2014-15 season. Turner is entering her seventh season as a member of the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey coaching staff and her fourth year since being promoted to the title of associate head coach. A longtime fixture within Hockey Canada's program, Turner played for the National Women's Under-22 Team from 1999-2003 and has served as an assistant for the U18 team since 2011.
"Every chance I've had to be a part of the Hockey Canada program has been a privilege and an honor," Turner said. "I'm excited to continue my work with great people who take such pride in representing Canada."
This latest announcement from Hockey Canada signifies a landmark accomplishment as the upcoming 2014-15 season will be her fifth stint within the Canadian National Development program and the first year as a head coach. She has previous experience serving as an assistant coach for both the U18 National Team and the Women's Development Team since first joining the Hockey Canada coaching contingent in 2011.
Turner's crowning achievement came in this past April where she helped guide the U18 Team to a gold medal at the 2014 IIHF Women's World Championships held in Budapest. Turner guided a dominating Canadian roster that outscored their opponents, 25-2, throughout the five-game gold medal tourney run. She had previous experience with Canada's U18 Team last season as she was on the staff for the U18 National Team series between the United States back in Aug. 2013. Canada took two-out-of-three games against Team USA in the three-game series held in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Before her breakout season in 2013-14, Turner's experience dates back to the 2011 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship, serving as an assistant with the U22/Development Team in the summer of 2012 and winning a gold medal with Canada at the 2013 MECO Cup. Over the last 18 months alone, Turner has enjoyed a great deal of success as she led the U22 squad to a series victory over the United States in Aug. 2012, won the gold medal at the 2013 MECO Cup, won the Canada-USA series with the U18 squad in Aug. 2013 and now adds a second gold medal and World Championship title to her resume with the 2014 Women's World Championship.
Ever since her arrival at Quinnipiac seven years ago, first as an assistant to head coach Rick Seeley and now as an associate head coach, the women's ice hockey program has continued to progress and churn out consistent winners. A year after winning the most ECAC Hockey games (13) in a single season in program history, the 2013-14 Bobcats became a fixture in the national rankings and finished with their best record in program history (22-6-9). The Bobcats were ranked in the Top 10 for 22 straight weeks throughout the season and advanced to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals for just the third time in program history. Turner's impact as a coach can be tied directly to the Bobcats' on-ice discipline as Quinnipiac has finished as the least-penalized team in the nation for the fourth straight year in 2013-14.
Piggybacking off Canada's recent success with a gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics, Hockey Canada has made a series of coaching staff changes within the past few days. Starting with Turner's promotion with the U18 program, Hockey Canada has also hired longtime Cornell coach Doug Derraugh as the head coach of the Canadian National Team. Dwayne Gylywoychuk, an assistant with Turner for Canada's U18 team at the 2014 IIHF Women's World Championship, will serve as the head coach of Canada's National Women's Development Team.
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