Former NHL player and assistant coach Bob Corkum has been named head coach of the U.S. women’s national team for the 2018/2019 season.
He will be assisted by Joel Johnson, the associate head coach of the University of Minnesota women’s ice hockey team, and former NHL defenceman Brian Pothier.
Corkum succeeds another former NHL player who turned to coaching. During the past two seasons Robb Stauber led the U.S. to Olympic gold in 2018 and Women’s World Championship gold in 2017.
He already got a first glimpse of women’s hockey when he worked as an assistant coach in an U22 series between the U.S. and Canada in August that the American won with a three-game sweep. There Johnson worked as head coach while at the senior women’s team the roles will be switched.
Most recently the 50-year-old was working as an assistant coach for the New York Islanders between 2013 and 2017. He had joined the Islanders after spending five seasons as an associate coach of the men’s ice hockey team at his alma mater, the University of Maine.
The U.S. will soon play at the 2018 Four Nations Cup that will take place in Saskatoon, Canada, 6-10 November 2018. Corkum’s first season will end with the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Espoo, Finland, where Team USA will play in the “upper” Group A with Canada, Finland, Russia and Switzerland.