SEOUL – The Korea Ice Hockey Association named Dean Trevor Holden head coach of the Korean women’s national team.
The Canadian will be the first-ever foreign coach to lead the team.
Holden arrived in Korea on Wednesday and already started to layout his road map for Korean women’s hockey development towards the 2018 Olympics on home ice in PyeongChang.
Holden came after a recommendation from Hockey Canada as a special instructor for hockey development at a workshop between the IIHF and the KIHA last November in Zurich. The KIHA accepted the recommendation with a great pleasure.
The 48-year-old Canadian coach has started his coaching career in 1986 and has experienced youth players through professional players in his coaching career.
He was on the coaching staff of the Canadian men’s national team at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in 1994 and 1995 alongside Tom Renny (current assistant coach of the Detroit Red Wings) and 1998 with Andy Murray (current head coach of the Western Michigan University).
Holden also coached the women’s hockey team of the Calgary University for three years.
The Korean women’s national team will participate in the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division II Group A in Asiago, Italy, 6-12 April 2014 where it will face Great Britain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Poland. Last season the Korean girls won the Division II Group B to earn promotion to this year’s Division II Group A.