According to the Hockey Canada website, Dan Church of Toronto, Ontario resigned on Thursday as the head coach of the Canadian national women's hockey team.
Church's resignation is a complete surprise and bizarre, mostly because of the timing. It comes only two months before the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
At the present time, Church's replacements will be the two assistant coaches who now assume the responsibility of co-coach. They are Canadian Olympic gold medalist Danielle Goyette, who won a gold medal for Canada as a player at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, and has since had a very successful women's coaching career with the University of Calgary Dinos in Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's hockey action, and Lisa Haley of Westville, Nova Scotia, who has coaching experience with the University of Ryerson in Toronto.
The Goyette-Haley mindtrust will be put to the test this evening as Canada plays the United States in exhibition play from Calgary.