According to Mike Brophy of CBC Sports on Friday, it appears that there might be more to the story regarding Dan Church's resignation on Thursday as the head coach of the Canadian women's hockey team.
That is because according to Brophy, Church is devastated that he is not going to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and the fact that according to the Canadian Press, Church has stated that Hockey Canada did not try to reverse his controversial decision to resign and would not comment to Brophy's question if he thought he would have been fired if he did not resign.
Church has cited personal issues as the reason for his resignation, but the timing is definitely bizarre with only two months before the Olympic Winter Games.
What Hockey Canada needs to do fast is make a fast decision on the head coach or questions will continue to linger and the issue will remain a definite distraction. They don't necessarily need to explain their decision as Brophy suggests because Church's decision was "personal".
The Church resignation definitely impacted Canada on Thursday, as the team was extremely disorganized defensively in their 5-1 loss to the United States in Calgary, and if it was not for the outstanding play of goaltender Shannon Szabados, the score could have been 10-1. It was also clear that an experienced defensive presence such as a Tessa Bonhomme, who was cut last month, was missed.
The Canadian leaders will have to step up. That is the bottom line. It is clear, whoever will be Canada's next head coach will have an extreme amount of work to do to implement a successful system. If Canada does not win women's hockey gold, critics might mark December 12 on the calendar as the reason why.