Monday, January 22, 2018
BC Hockey is proud to announce that Delaney Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) has been named the Female Team BC Head Coach that will lead the team to the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta from February 15 – March 3, 2019.
“We are excited to name Delaney as head coach of Team BC,” said Barry Petrachenko, Chief Executive Officer of BC Hockey. “She is a great example of the bright future of our program, bringing a strong background having played and coached at the international level, and she is doing a fantastic job within our premier female league.”
Collins is currently in her first season as head coach of the Female Midget AAA League’s (FMAAA) Fraser Valley Rush. She has helped guide the Rush to second place in the FMAAA standings with a 11-5-2 record, after the team was 3-21-6 last year.
Collins recently won a bronze medal as head coach of Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia. Previously she served as assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s U18 Team at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in 2015 and 2017, and won a gold medal with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team at the 2015 Nations Cup. As a player, she is a three (3) time world champion with Canada’s National Women’s Team (2000, 2004, 2007). Collins also served as assistant coach with Mercyhurst University from 2011-2016 and worked as an assistant coach with the Okanagan Hockey Academy.
“Being selected as the head coach for Team BC is a true honour. I am passionate about coaching at all levels and to help guide our athletes in the province is an exciting opportunity. The Canada Winter Games is the closest experience resembling an Olympic Games and I look forward to coaching at an event where other sports are represented and celebrated.”
Originally from Pilot Mound, Manitoba, Collins now lives in Vancouver.
BC Hockey’s Female U18 program is the third and final stage of the Program of Excellence. It is an opportunity for the top players in the province to train and compete at an elite level and is meant to introduce players to the beginning of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games will bring together provincial teams made up of the best female hockey players born in 2001 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, who will evaluate candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, as well as at other international events.
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