Expansion Montreal Force women’s hockey team names Peter Smith first head coach – Montreal | Globalnews.ca

The Montreal Force has appointed Peter Smith as the team’s head coach for his expansion season in the Premier Hockey League.

Smith, of Lachine, Quebec, coached McGill University Martlets to four national college championships in his 20 seasons behind their bench.

He was assistant coach for the Canadian women’s teams that won Olympic gold in 2006 and 2010 and gold at the world championships in 2007.

Smith was the head coach of the national team that won silver in 2008.

Montreal Force will be PHF’s seventh team and will join the Toronto Six as the two Canadian clubs on the circuit.

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“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach La Force de Montreal,” Smith said in a statement Tuesday.

“Having a professional women’s hockey team in town and representing the entire province is exciting for both the players and the fans. We have a great group of talented players and a fantastic organization that starts with very supportive ownership.

Pierre Alain of Montreal and Katie Clement-Heydra of St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., Will serve as Smith’s assistant coaches.

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“It’s a great time for this team as we prepare for our first season together,” said Force president Kevin Raphael.

“Peter is one of the greatest hockey minds in Canadian women’s hockey history, Pierre is a hardworking man who believes in our mission and Katia is rapidly climbing the ranks as a manager with her unique perspective as a player.

The Force currently has 16 players under contract, including forward Ann-Sophie Bettez, who played for Canada at the 2019 World Women’s Championship.

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