WATERLOO, Ont. (July 18, 2013) - Wilfrid Laurier University women's hockey head coach RICK OSBORNE
announced on Thursday that Waterloo, Ont., native Laura McIntosh
will join the Hawks next season as an assistant coach.
McIntosh, a graduate of Bluevale Collegiate, joins the coaching staff after starring for the NCAA's Ohio State Buckeyes between 2008 and 2012.
"I'm excited to come on board as a coach here at Laurier because this is the team that I grew up watching when I was younger," said McIntosh, who is in Kingston, Ont., this week assisting with former Canadian national team player Jayna Hefford's training camp. "Laurier has a great program and a great coach in Rick that I can learn that side of the game from. I know from my previous experience in the game that I will be able to bring a new perspective to the team."
"Laura will be a caring mentor and an extremely positive role model for our players," commented Osborne on the addition to his staff. "She is an expert teacher of individual skills and tactics and will be involved in the development and implementation of team tactics with the Hawks. Her past experience and success at the club, university and national level give Laura instant credibility as a leader."
McIntosh enjoyed an outstanding four year career with the Buckeyes where she finished her four years as the program's all-time leading scorer. Her 170 career points and 123 assists are both Ohio State records and she capped her career by being honoured with the Buckeye Details award, handed out to the player that does all the little things right consistently. She also won her team's Most Valuable Freshman award in 2008-09 after a season that saw register 39 points in 36 games.
Outside of her time with the Buckeyes, McIntosh also enjoyed a successful stint with the Canadian women's national team. In 2008, she won a silver medal at the inaugural IIHF World Womens U-18 Championships and has attended many Team Canada training camps since that time.
McIntosh and the Golden Hawks open their non-conference schedule on September 17 with a game against Lauriers cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors. The Hawks regular season schedule begins October 4 against the Windsor Lancers.