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Laura Schuler will coach Canadian women’s hockey team in PyeongChang Olympics (Canada)

Laura Schuler just bought a house in New Hampshire. She won’t be living in it much this year.

Schuler will relocate to Calgary in July and begin preparing for what she and the country hope will be a fifth straight Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Hockey Canada named the 46-year-old from Toronto head coach of the Olympic team Wednesday.

“The journey is going to be incredible and it’s also going to be incredibly hard,” Schuler told The Canadian Press.

The 28 players invited to try out for the team will be announced Thursday. Those who aren’t based in Calgary will move there Aug. 1 to start training for the Winter Games in February.

Schuler is the first former player to serve as Canada’s head coach.

She was a tenacious, abrasive forward with a hard shot in 1998 when women’s hockey made its Olympic debut. Schuler and her teammates won silver in Nagano, Japan.

“You see in the NHL all the time where former players become coaches,” Schuler said. “It speaks to where we are in terms of our development in female hockey in Canada and I think that’s tremendous.”



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