COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Hilary Witt (Canton, Mass.), Bobby Jay (Burlington, Mass.) and Robb Stauber (Duluth, Minn.) have been named to the coaching staff for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey. All three, who have been serving as assistant coaches for the 2013-14 U.S. Women's National Team during the Bring on the World Tour, will be making their first appearance as assistant coaches at the Olympics.
“We're pleased to add Hilary, Bobby and Robb to our Olympic coaching staff and look forward to the continuity and experience they bring as we prepare our team for Sochi,” said Reagan Carey, general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team and director of women’s hockey at USA Hockey. "We've also assembled an outstanding support staff and look forward to their contributions as well."
"Hilary, Bobby, Robb and I have been working together for some time now and I have the utmost respect for their ability and perspective," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. "I'm fully confident that we can collectively help guide this team to great success at the Olympics."
Witt, who will serve as an assistant coach, is head scout of women's hockey at USA Hockey. She has been involved with the U.S. Women’s National Team over the last seven years, helping the U.S. win a pair of gold medals (2011, 2013) and two silver medals (2007, 2012) at the IIHF Women’s World Championship. She also helped Team USA capture the Four Nations Cup title in 2011 and 2012, along with a second-place finish in 2010. The Canton, Mass., native joined USA Hockey in July 2012 after two seasons as assistant coach at Northeastern University. Prior to that, Witt spent nine campaigns at Yale University (2001-10), including eight as the head coach of the women’s ice hockey team. She was named the 2002-03 ECAC Women’s Hockey Coach of the Year. As a player, Witt competed on the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2001 and was a two-time All-ECAC selection while playing for Northeastern. She was inducted into the Northeastern Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Women’s Beanpot Hall of Fame in 2010.
Jay is making his seventh appearance as assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team after serving on the coaching staff at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships and the last three Four Nations Cups (2011-13). He also served as an assistant coach at the Women’s National Festival in Blaine, Minn., in 2011 and 2012. Prior to joining Team USA, Jay served as an assistant coach of Harvard University’s men’s ice hockey team, a position he held from 2004-06 and again from 2009-11. From 1999-2001, Jay was an assistant coach with the Detroit Vipers (International Hockey League) and Manchester Monarchs (American Hockey League). In 2003-04, Jay served as general manager of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage before joining Harvard. Jay, who played professional hockey for 10 seasons as a defenseman in the IHL, AHL and NHL, is the hockey director for the East Coast Wizards hockey club.
Stauber, who will serve as goaltending coach and scout, has been involved with the U.S. Women’s National team since 2009, focusing on coaching and development of its goaltenders. He has 10 years of professional hockey experience, including four seasons in the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres. The Duluth, Minn., native also spent time in the IHL and AHL. At the University of Minnesota, he was the first goaltender to win the Hobey Baker Award (1988). He was also the recipient that year of the WCHA Player of the Year award and was named All-WCHA First Team and All-America First Team. Additionally, Stauber was recognized as WCHA Goaltender of the Year in 1988 and 1989. Stauber also represented the U.S. at the 1987 IIHF World Junior Championship and 1989 IIHF Men's World Championship. Stauber served as the goalie coach for the University of Minnesota’s men’s team from 1998-2008, helping the squad win the national championship in 2002 and 2003. He served in the same capacity for the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s team from 2004-08, where the Bulldogs captured the 2008 NCAA Championship.
The support staff for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team includes strength and conditioning coaches Mike Boyle (Boston, Mass.) and Sarah Cahill (Cambridge, Mass.); mental skills coach Dr. Colleen Hacker (Tacoma, Wash.); team physician Dr. Holly Johnson (Newton, Mass.); athletic trainer Jill Radzinski (Davis, Calif.); massage therapist Jennifer Chee (Colorado Springs, Colo.); nutritionist Alicia Kendig (Colorado Springs, Colo.); equipment manager Brent Proulx (St. Paul, Minn.) and director of communications Rob Koch (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
NOTES: The 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team is under the direction of Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of women's hockey for USA Hockey ... Katey Stone (Arlington, Mass.) was named head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team on June 8, 2012 ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. National Teams ... The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will take place Feb. 7-23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still a reality, the USA Hockey Officiating Program is looking forward to getting everyone back on the ice in what will likely become the “new normal.”
As we get closer to minimizing the effect the virus has had on our everyday lives, the successful completion of our USA Hockey National Tournament series and the IIHF Under-18 World Championships is a promising indication that hockey is back and will be better than ever for the 2021-22 season.
As early player registrations mirror those trends from prior to the pandemic, the following is some information as to what officials should expect over the summer months and for the start of next season.
SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMPS AND ADVANCED SYMPOSIUM ARE BACK!
The Summer Development Camp Program is being downsized slightly as some facilities are still not available this summer, but we have latched onto the USA Hockey Player Festivals to be able to provide a quality development experience for those officials who qualify.
The Advanced Officiating Symposium is scheduled for early August in Providence, Rhode Island. USA Hockey is working closely with the host hotel to maximize participation while still adhering to state and local COVID-19 restrictions. The goal is to be able to accommodate everyone interested in attending this one-of-kind get together of top ice hockey officials in a dynamic and engaging program.
USA Hockey is in the midst of our quadrennial rule changes process, meaning there will be an updated 2021-2025 version of the Playing Rules Book prior to the start of the season.
Although the fundamental structure of the game will not change, there are several rule changes likely to be adopted that will require officials to pay attention to their rule knowledge and commit to the proper application of the rules. Officials will play a major role in USA Hockey’s efforts to improve the culture of body checking and, in return, officials will be provided more support through organizational initiatives to curb abuse of officials and unsportsmanlike behavior.
REGISTRATION JUNE 1
Officials registration for the 2021-22 season will open on June 1. However, since the updated playing rules will not be adopted until the USA Hockey Annual Congress in mid-June, hard copies of the 2021-25 Officials Playing Rules and Casebook will not be available until early August. A summary of the adopted rule changes and a PDF version of the updated rulebook should be available relatively soon after the Annual Congress. As a result, the open book exam, online module curriculum and seminar program will become available during the week of June 21.
One of the outcomes of the pandemic was it required us to take a hard look at our seminar program and make significant adjustments to best prepare our membership for success on the ice. Officials should look for the re-introduction (local restrictions permitted) of the in-person level 1 and level 2 seminars, with the level 1 format returning to an all-day seminar experience. The level 1 standardized seminar curriculum will include the online module curriculum as part of this experience in an effort to streamline their registration process. Level 2 officials will experience a half-day in-person seminar which will include an ice session.
The virtual “zoom” classroom seminar appears to be here to stay for level 3 and level 4 officials, even though some areas may choose to also provide in-person seminars for our most experienced team members. Either way, the goal is to be able to accommodate the needs of all of our officiating members with options that provide flexibility and efficiency. The online module curriculum for level 3 and level 4 officials is also being modified to streamline their registration process without compromising the educational value.
The level 2-3-4 closed book exams will also follow a modified format like last season where they will be able to complete the exam online within seven days of the seminar they attend. It is important to note these modified closed book exams will still be timed, so they must be completed in one sitting.
ADAPTING THE BEST WE CAN
The final thing to expect for the 2021-22 season? There will likely still be some restrictions and protocols that must be followed in certain local areas. The game may not look exactly like it did at the start of the 2019-20 season. Although we do not expect any full-fledged shutdowns as happened during the 2020-21 season, we will still need to be diligent and follow local guidelines in order to keep our game and its participants safe and on the ice.
USA Hockey is excited about the opportunity to get everyone who was involved prior to the pandemic safely back on the ice. There is also huge growth potential as people feel more comfortable to get back into daily life and look for new ways to engage. There is no reason why hockey cannot be that avenue where everyone is welcomed, included and encouraged in a way that a lifelong passion for the game is nurtured.
USA Hockey thanks you for your continued support and your involvement in our programs.