Collins named Assistant Coach on Canada's National U18 Team

Collins named Assistant Coach on Canada's National U18 Team

Courtesy of Mercyhurst Athletic Communications

CALGARY, Alberta - Mercyhurst University women's hockey assistant coach, Delaney Collins, has been named as assistant coach on Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team as announced by Hockey Canada earlier this week. Hockey Canada also announced the coaching staff for the National Women's Development Team, with both staffs serving for the 2014-15 season.

Both coaching staffs were selected by Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada's general manager of national women's team programs, in consultation with Scott Smith, Hockey Canada's chief operating officer, and Hockey Canada's regional scouts.

"Our success at the Olympic Winter Games had its foundation with the under-18 and development programs, where 19 of the 21 members of our gold medal-winning team got their start," said Davidson. "We are very pleased with the quality of both coaching staffs, and know that they will provide these teams with great leadership."

Collins has been an assistant coach with the Mercyhurst women's hockey program for the past three seasons and has helped guide the Lakers to three NCAA Tournament selections and to NCAA Frozen Four appearances in each of the last two campaigns. The Lakers have posted a 76-24-8 overall record in the three years that Collins has been behind the bench.

She played for Canada's National Women's Team from 1999 to 2011, capturing three gold medals (2000, 2004, 2007) and two silver medals (2005, 2008) at the IIHF World Women's Championship. The native of Pilot Mound, Manitoba, also played for Canada's National Women's Under-22 Team in 1998-99.

Collins also played two seasons (2003-2005) at the University of Alberta, leading the Pandas to the 2004 CIS Championship. She was named an All-Canada West and CIS First-Team All-Canadian both seasons. Additionally, she was a member of the 2005 CIS National Championship All-Star Team. During her tenure, the Pandas went 63-1-0, and were a perfect 40-0-0 in conference play.

Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team will hold a selection camp in Calgary from August 8-17, 2014, followed by a three-game series against the United States' Women's Under-18 Select Team on August 21, 22, and 24. Canada will defend its world title at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's Championship from January 5-12, 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y.