Two Michigan coaches join women’s national team; Cossa named third star

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Westland’s Josh Sciba and Brownstown Township’s Shelley Looney have been appointed as assistant coaches for the USA Hockey women’s national team.

Sciba, who has been the head coach of the Union College women’s ice hockey team for the past six seasons, helped lead the US U18 team to a gold medal as assistant coach at the 2020 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

A member of the National Team Development Program from 2001-03, he played four years at the University of Denver before serving as an assistant coach on the women’s teams at Colgate University and Niagara University.

Looney, a two-time Olympian who helped USA win Olympic gold in 1998, has been the head coach of women’s hockey at Lindenwood University since 2019-20.

She was the head coach of the 2019 and 2017 US varsity women’s national team and led USA to fourth place in 2019 and third place in 2017. She was also the assistant coach of the silver medal winning US U18 team in 2010.

As a player, Looney represented the United States at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics and eight World Cups. At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, she scored the winning goal in the gold medal game.

Joining the two Michigan coaches are goaltending coach Alli Altmann (Eagen, Minnesota) on the coaching staff of head coach John Wroblewski, former coach of the 2019-2021 Jack Hughes-led NTDP teams held in September. 4 in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Cossa named third star

Jaxsen Wiebe completed a hat trick at 8:05 in a 3-on-3 overtime to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 win over the hosts in Wednesday’s Memorial Cup at the TD Station in Saint John, New Brunswick Saint John Sea Dogs.

Detroit Red Wings draft pick Sebastian Cossa was named the third star and stopped 36 of 39 shots, including five shots in overtime for the Oil Kings (1-1) who went down Friday against the Hamilton Bulldogs (0-1). ) will compete.

Hockey Canada funding is frozen

Hockey Canada’s federal funds are frozen after the national organization handled an allegation of sexual assault and an out-of-court settlement.

Hockey Canada’s funding will not be restored until it discloses the recommendations it received from an independent law firm hired to investigate the alleged incident four years ago, Minister for Sport Pascale St-Onge said in a statement on Wednesday .

Hockey Canada must also become a signatory to the Office of the Integrity Commissioner, a new government agency with the power to independently investigate abuse complaints and sanction inappropriate behavior.

The move comes after Hockey Canada President Scott Smith and outgoing CEO Tom Renney were questioned by lawmakers this week during a hearing on the organization’s response to the alleged sexual assault involving eight players.

Hockey Canada quietly settled the lawsuit last month after a woman claimed she was assaulted at an organizing event by members of the country’s 2018 gold medal-winning junior ice hockey team.

The 24-year-old woman is seeking $3.55 million in damages from Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League and the unnamed players. Details of the settlement were not released, but Smith said Monday no government or insurance money was used.

A Hockey Canada spokeswoman did not respond to an email request for comment Wednesday.

Twelve of the 19 players at the event spoke to investigators from the law firm hired by the organization. Hockey Canada has repeatedly said the woman chose not to speak to police or her investigators. Smith and Renney reiterated Monday that the woman also chose not to identify the players.

Smith said London Police informed Hockey Canada that his criminal investigation was closed in February 2019. The independent investigation ended in September 2020, but Renney said the report was incomplete and should not be released.

The NHL, which also only recently learned of the allegations, is conducting its own investigation because some of the players in question are now in the league.

Hockey Canada received $14 million from the government in 2020 and 2021, including $3.4 million in COVID-19 subsidies, according to government documents.

Federal funds account for 6% of Hockey Canada’s funding.

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