Delaney Collins, a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 1999, has been hired as the assistant coach for the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team, as announced by Mercyhurst Director of Athletics Joe Kimball earlier today.
She will take over the spot vacated by Louis Goulet, who was promoted to associate head coach last month. The associate position was previously held by Paul Colontino, who is now the head coach at conference-rival Robert Morris. With the hiring at Mercyhurst, Collins is also taking this time to announce her retirement from Hockey Canada.
“I will always be thankful for the memories I have from my years with Team Canada, and for the friends I have made,” said Collins in a statement to Hockey Canada. “Thank you to my teammates, coaches, and everyone who has supported me over the years. I look forward to the next stage of my career, to be able to teach the game as a coach using the experience I have gained in a Team Canada jersey.”
“I am very excited about the prospect of coaching the Lakers and I look forward to sharing my experiences with Team Canada to grow and develop young hockey players,” continued Collins. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work in a hockey program of this magnitude and to express my passion for the game.”
A member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 1999, Collins has played in five International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) championships, winning gold in 2000, 2004, and 2007; and silver in 2005 and 2008. She also appeared in six 3 Nations/4 Nations Cups from 2000-2007. In March of this year, she was invited to the Canadian National Women’s Team selection camp to determine the final roster for the 2011 IIHF Women’s World Championships. All told, Collins played 95 games in a Team Canada jersey and sits among the top ten in scoring by a defenseman, recording 39 points (eight goals, 31 assists).
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Delaney into our program,” said Mercyhurst head coach Michael Sisti, who has won 313 games since starting the program in 1999. “She comes from a great hockey family and has been an elite athlete playing at the highest levels of women’s hockey for over a decade. Her pride and competitiveness fits perfect with the standards of our program.”
“It was awesome to see her excitement to take on the challenges of this position,” Sisti continued. “Our program was built by our past and present player’s passion, commitment, pride, and the constant pursuit of excellence. Delaney has all these intangibles and tons of experience playing and training with some of the best players in the world.”
A native of Pilot Mound, Manitoba, Collins was a member of the Calgary Oval X-Treme in the Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL) from 2005-2009, having led the team to the WWHL Championship in 2007. She averaged nearly a point-per-game for Calgary, scoring 48 points (10 goals, 38 assists) as a defenseman in 52 games. She also added five points in six career playoff games, scoring a goal and two assists in Calgary’s 2007 Championship season.
Prior to that, Collins played two seasons (2003-2005) at the University of Alberta, leading the Pandas to the 2004 CIS Championship. She was named an All-Canada West and CIS First-Team All-Canadian both seasons. Additionally, she was a member of the 2005 CIS National Championship All-Star Team. During her tenure, the Pandas went 63-1-0, and a perfect 40-0-0 in conference play. Collins made an immediate impact in her first season, scoring 36 points in 13 games. After winning the title on March 14, 2004, Collins scored three goals in the World Championship for Team Canada, leading them to gold with a 2-0 win over Team USA.
Collins also won gold medals at the 2001, 2003, and 2007 Esso Women’s National Championships as a member of Team Alberta. She also won bronze in 2000. In 1998, Collins played for Concordia University, winning the CIAU Championship and she was named to the CIAU All-Canadian Team. Also in 1998, she was a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning National Women’s Under-22 Team at the Christmas Cup. Collins started her career, playing in the Western Shield as a member of the Notre Dame Hounds.
In 2007, Collins was named the Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year.
“It is an honor for me to be named the assistant coach with the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey program,” added Collins. “They have a winning tradition and I am looking forward to working with coach Sisti and the entire team.”
“Delaney has dedicated the last 12 years of her life to Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, and we are sad to see her step away from the international game,” said Kalli Quinn in a release from Hockey Canada. Quinn serves as the director of female national teams for Hockey Canada. “We wish her the best of luck with the next step in her career and look forward to working with her in the future to continue to grow the women’s game.”
- From Mercyhurst College news release