CALGARY – A member of the UPEI women’s hockey team coaching staff is headed to the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain.
Panthers head coach Bruce Donaldson was named an assistant coach for the Canadian women’s hockey team on Thursday afternoon. Jon Rempel of the University of Manitoba is the head coach, and the University of Windsor’s Jim Hunter is the other assistant coach.
“It is an honour for me to have the opportunity to work with a great staff, including Bruce and Jim, a great support staff, as well as what will be an outstanding group of student-athletes,” said Rempel. “We are all looking forward to carrying on a great tradition of performances by team Canada at all different levels of international women’s hockey.”
The Canadian women’s team will head to Spain as the three-time defending gold-medallists, having reached the pinnacle of the podium each time the competition has been offered as a Universiade sport, beginning in 2009. In their most recent triumph, Canada dominated Russia with a 5-0 victory in Trentino.
Dave Adolph of the University of Saskatchewan was named head coach of the Canadian men’s hockey team, which will be comprised of players entirely from the Canada West Conference.
Last year, Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall coached a team of Atlantic University Sport players to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Universiade.
The women’s team will feature players from across Canada.
Team selections for both men’s and women’s hockey will be conducted through the fall and announced late this year.
The multi-sport Winter Universiade will run from Feb. 4 to 14.