Peter Smith became the first head coach in Montreal Force history on Tuesday.
The pilot spent 20 seasons behind the bench for the McGill University Martlets, from 1999 to 2020. He is the winningest women's hockey coach in the history of the program with an overall record of 534-229-33 . He also has four national titles (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014) to his credit.
On the international scene, the native of the borough of Lachine was notably an assistant coach for the winning team of the gold medal at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach the Montreal Force,” Smith said in a statement. Having a professional women's hockey team in the city and representing the entire province is exciting for players and fans.”
In addition, Pierre Alain was hired as an associate coach and Katia Clement- Heydra will serve as assistant Force coach.
Heydra has served as the head coach of the Carleton University Ravens women's team for the past eight campaigns. For her part, the second spent the 2021-2022 season as an associate coach at McGill.
“The leadership of this group is strong, their experience is unparalleled and what excites me the most is how eager they are for competition, said the president of the Force, Kevin Raphaël. Peter is one of the greatest hockey minds in the history of Canadian women's hockey, Pierre is a hard worker who believes in our mission and Katia is rising quickly through the coaching ranks with her unique perspective as a player. I am proud of this coaching staff and trust them to achieve our goals on and off the ice.”
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