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Calling all Orillia Hawks Coaches
Submitted By Brad Chestnut on Monday, December 7, 2015
Reminder of the Coaches Symposium tonight with CIS York University Women's Hockey Coach Dan Church

Please plan to attend tonight at Brian Orser from 7 - 9 pm.

Dan Church, York University Women’s Hockey Coach 
& former Canadian National Women's Hockey Team Coach

Pizza and Beverages will be served.  Come and enjoy!

The topic will be an introduction to the use of systems in Women's Hockey.

Please RSVP email to 
[email protected]


Dan Church
, is the former[1] head coach of the Canadian national women's hockey team which won the Gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship.[2] He is also the head coach for the York Lions women's ice hockey program.

Hockey Canada

In August 2006, Church was appointed assistant coach with the Canadian National Women’s Under-22 Team. The squad participated in a three-game series versus the United States in Ottawa, Ontario. At the 2008 Air Canada Cup (now known as Meco Cup), Church was appointed head coach of the Under 22 team, and helped the Canadian squad claim the gold medal. During 2009, Church served Hockey Canada in two different capacities. He served as Canada’s head coach at the 2009 World University Games in Harbin, China. Women’s ice hockey was contested for the first time, and Canada would claim the first-ever gold medal. In August 2009, Church was the head of the Canadian National Women’s Under-18 team. The team participated in a three game series versus the United States. The series was contested in Calgary, Alberta during August, 2009.

A few months later, Church coached the Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship (contested in Chicago, Illinois). The end result was Canada winning a gold medal In 2011, Church was the assistant coach with the Canadian National Women’s Team, as they claimed a silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship. The following year, Church was appointed head coach of the National Team. On December 12, 2013, Church resigned from his head coach position for personal reasons.

Dan Church
York University Women’s Varsity Head Coach

Coach Church was named the head coach of the Lions women’s hockey program in 2004 and has made tremendous strides with the team in his time at the helm.

In each of his first six seasons the Lions improved their regular-season record from the year before and in 2009 climbed as high as No. 7 in the CIS national rankings. They advanced to the OUA semifinals for the first time under his guidance in 2012, and in 2015 he saw one of his student-athletes (Lisa Stathopulos) win the OUA player of the year award and lead the league in scoring for the first time.

In addition to his work with the Lions, Church is a coach mentor for the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA). He also has extensive national and international experience with Canadian women’s teams at a number of different age levels. Most recently, he has been the head coach of the senior national women’s team at the world championships, leading the squad to a gold medal in 2012 with a 5-4 overtime victory over the United States, as well as a silver medal in 2013.

He was also the head coach of the senior women’s national team for the 12 Nations Tournament in Vierumaki, Finland, in August 2011 and the 4 Nations Cup in Sweden. In April 2011 he was an assistant coach with the Canadian senior women’s team that won the silver medal at the world championships in Switzerland.

In 2010, he served as head coach of the Canadian national women’s U18 team that won the gold medal at the world championships, Canada’s first women’s world title in that age group.

In 2009, he served as the head coach of the Canadian team at the 24thFISU Winter Universiade in Harbin, China and led the squad to the gold medal in the inaugural event. He also oversaw a selection camp for the team in the summer of 2008 at York University.

Church was also head coach of the Canadian national U22 women’s team. That squad went 7-0 with Church at the helm, sweeping a series against the United States before winning the European Air Canada Cup in Germany. In August of 2006 he served as an assistant coach at Hockey Canada’s U22 national team evaluation camp. That team went on to win a gold medal at the Air Canada Cup in Germany in January 2007.

Church is an NCCP fully certified Level 4 Master Coach and a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) with Coaches of Canada. Before coming to York, he served as an assistant with the University of Toronto women’s hockey program for seven years. During that time, the Varsity Blues won four OUA titles and captured the CIS national championship in 2001.

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