CALGARY – Hockey Canada named Melody Davidson head coach of the women’s national team for the next two seasons including the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Davidson is back behind the bench after winning the 2007 World Women’s Championship and the 2006 Olympics. She stepped out of the role as a head coach during the 2007-2008 season after serving as general manager of the women’s national team program. Davidson was also head coach at the inaugural 2008 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship with a second-place finish for Canada.
“We look forward to the coming seasons, and extending the winning tradition of Canada’s national women’s team,” Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson said.
Davidson will be assisted by Peter Smith and Doug Lidster. Smith was head coach last season which ended with the silver medals at the 2008 World Women’s Championship in Harbin, China, and assistant coach the two years before. He is also the head coach of the women’s team at McGill University.
Lidster returns for the first time since winning the 2004 World Women’s Championship, when he served as an assistant coach under Karen Hughes. Before, he was a well-known player who won two Stanley Cups and represented Canada in the 1984 Olympics and in three World Championships.