Kori bench web

Kori Cheverie is masked behind the players’ bench during recent Canadian women’s hockey action.

(Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada)

A new goal has Kori Cheverie’s attention—coaching at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Cheverie, who won a gold medal as an assistant coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team at the recent world championship in Calgary, is training with the team in its quest for more gold at the Winter Games in Beijing.

That mission will keep her in Calgary through that time.

“I’ll be here all through to the Olympics,” she said.

Cheverie, who is from New Glasgow, was an assistant to head coach and fellow Nova Scotian Troy Ryan. She believes the talent and character the Canadian women demonstrated in Calgary will serve them well at the Olympics.

She said she enjoyed being with the team at the world championship.

“It was amazing,” she said. “From the players to the staff, everybody bought in. It was a really cool experience.”

She said she felt compelled to join the coaching staff when asked.

“It was an opportunity of a lifetime when Hockey Canada came knocking,” she said. “It’s something you want to do if you can. I feel privileged to be part of this team.”

Cheverie marvelled at the talent and the poise the Canadians showed during their less than certain 5-3 opening victory over Finland and their two wins against the U.S.

Canada defeated the U.S., 5-1, in the preliminary round and rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge the U.S. 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal match.

“All through the tournament, we had lots of opportunities to be resilient,” she said. “We were ready for the challenge. In our gold medal game, our team stayed with the plan. They never wavered or got down on themselves and we were rewarded.”

Cheverie said she felt safe at the tournament and felt it was an advantage for it to be played at the hockey team’s home base in Calgary. She moved there to join the team after her stint as assistant coach of the Ryerson University Rams men’s hockey team in Toronto.

“That worked to our benefit,” she said. “From start to finish we were together for 42 days. Anytime you have that time, you’re going to learn and grow together.”

Tryouts are ongoing as the Canadian women’s team trims to 20 players on its Olympic roster.

However, part of its training will include two road games against male Tier II Junior A teams on Oct. 4 against the Trail Smoke Eaters and Oct. 5 against the Cranbrook Bucks.

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Steve Goodwin is never without his camera and a notebook. He has been covering news and sports in Pictou County for more than four decades.