By Ben Matchett
Three-time Olympic medallist and eight-time world champion Danielle Goyette is the new coach of the University of Calgary Dinos women’s hockey team. She will begin her duties June 1 as the Dinos prepare for the 2007-08 varsity season.
Goyette’s appointment, made May 9, coincides with the announcement of a new structure for the Olympic Oval’s high-performance female hockey program, of which the Dinos are now a part.
For Goyette, the opportunity to begin her coaching career at the Olympic Oval was too good to pass up. “What motivated me to take on this challenge with the Dinos was the great opportunity to stay in Calgary,” she said. “One of my goals was to be able to coach in an environment like the University of Calgary, with the Olympic Oval and the Dinos, and with some of the best coaches and support staff in the world.”
Goyette has been part of the Olympic Oval’s high-performance female hockey program since 1997 and has played with the Calgary Oval X-Treme since 1999.
In her new role, Goyette will lead the Dinos women’s hockey program under a unique new system unparalleled in Canadian university women’s hockey. Under the new structure, the Dinos will be the middle component of a three-tiered system, with the X-Treme and a developmental group as its other elements.
The Dinos program will benefit from improved ice times, access to the Oval’s facilities for physiological testing, training programs, skill development sessions, group training and competition.