CALGARY, Alberta – Laura Schuler has been named the head coach of the 2018 Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team, Hockey Canada announced Wednesday afternoon.
Named the head coach of the Dartmouth women's hockey team in the summer of 2016, Schuler has been a mainstay with the Canadian National Women's Program in recent years, including as the head coach since the start of the 2015-16 season.
Schuler's appointment as the head of Team Canada for the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, makes her the first former national team player to serve in the role as head coach at an Olympic Games.
No stranger to representing her country, Schuler has worked as both a head and assistant coach for Team Canada as well as wearing the maple leaf as a player on numerous occasions.
“It was a great honor to represent Canada as a player at the 1998 Winter Olympics and the feeling is the same to be given the opportunity to lead Team Canada in PyeongChang,” Schuler said. “I'm extremely fortunate to have the support of Dartmouth's athletic administration and the women's hockey team to pursue this goal."
Schuler recently completed her first season at Dartmouth in 2016-17. Under Schuler's tutelage, seniors Robyn Chemago and Kennedy Ottenbreit earned All-Ivy League honors — a first for both players. The Big Green posted a 3-2 overtime win against No. 10 Princeton in Hanover on Nov. 12, one of just two times this season a Dartmouth team managed to knock off a team ranked in the top-10 nationally at the time of the game.
Joining The Scarborough, Ontario, native on the bench in South Korea will be assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk (Hockey Manitoba) and Troy Ryan (Hockey Canada), and goaltending consultant Brad Kirkwood (University of Calgary).
Schuler's previous international experiences include:
- Head coach of Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team that won gold at the 2014 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship and claimed gold at the same event in 2013 while as an assistant coach.
- As a player, Schuler won three gold medals with Canada's National Women's Team at the IIHF World Women's Championship (1990, 1992, 1997), and silver at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, the first Olympics to include women's ice hockey.