The PWHL has announced all six head coaches today. Toronto gets Troy Ryan, current head coach of Team Canada, as previously reported.
Troy Ryan is arguably the biggest star hire here with two decades of coaching experience. He has coached Team Canada women, the men and began in university and junior coaching in Nova Scotia.
Ottawa gets the other big name here with Carla MacLeod. She is also the head coach of Team Czechia, and it was just announced she is continuing in that role. Under her leadership, the Czech team has galloped up the women's rankings, won the bronze medal twice and was a team to watch at the last Worlds. She has also coached the University of Calgary team, and she was part of the group helping to develop Team Japan in the mid 2000s.
Boston's Courtney Kessel used to coach the Toronto Furies of the CWHL, and worked with the Princeton team as an assistant. She is also the associate head coach of Boston University team and an assistant under Troy Ryan with Team Canada. The Boston-Toronto rivalry is all set to go.
Montréal's Kori Cheverie is also a member of the Team Canada staff, and she coached in the PWHPA games. In the CWHL, she was a member of the Furies, and so the Toronto-Montréal rivalry is set to go as well.
New York's Howie Draper has been the head coach at the University of Alberta's women's team for 25 years. He has almost as many coaching accolades as many of the top women's players have gold medals.
Minnesota's Charlie Burggraf is a former coach of his GM Natalie Darwitz. He coached at the University of Minnesota for four years in total, and has been with Bethel University since in both the women's and men's programs.