NEW GLASGOW – For Kori Cheverie, joining the coaching staff on the Canadian Under-18 female hockey team is a new experience and a chance to visit a different country.

New Glasgow native Cheverie will be an assistant coach, while Amie (Malcolm) Lee who is also from New Glasgow, will be a therapist on the team at the 2019 IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship that will be contested from January 6 to 13 in Obihiro, Japan.

Chevier was able to spend some time over Christmas in New Glasgow before joining the team on December 28 in Vanvouver prior to its flight to Japan.

“I’m really excited to have this opportunity,” she said.

It’s Cheverie’s first trip to Japan. She has also visited China, New Zealand, Switzerland and parts of the U.S.

“My mom calls me a world traveller,” she said.

Cheverie has played women’s university and professional hockey and is presently an assistant coach with the men’s hockey team at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is the first female hired as a full-time assistant coach in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men’s hockey.

“The guys are great to work with,” she said. “I challenge them and they challenge me,” she said. “I can’t believe it’s been three years. I enjoy every minute of it.”

Cheverie said she’s impressed with the U-18 team and its coaching staff.

“It’s one of the most cohesive staffs I’ve ever been a part of, which is surprising because we don’t have that much time together,” she said. “The players are great – easy to coach and eager to work. They want to win gold for Canada.”

Cheverie said the team has the talent and balance to do well in Japan.

“I think we’re really strong in nets,” she said. “We have some experienced players on defence and a dynamic group up front, so I think we’re strong in all facets of our game.”

Kori Cheverie stands beside the sculpture at the Pictou County Wellness Centre (Goodwin photo)