July 29, 2013
CALGARY, Alberta -- University of Wisconsin women’s hockey assistant coach Jackie Friesen was named an assistant on Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, Hockey Canada announced Monday.
Friesen, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, is one of three assistants on head coach Laura Schuler’s staff, joining Quinnipiac’s Cassie Turner along with goaltending coach Joe Johnston. Schuler and Friesen share WCHA ties as Schuler currently serves as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth.
“It is an honor to be a coach for the Canadian National Women’s Under-18 Team,” Friesen said. “It is a big opportunity for me coaching and any time you represent your country it is a special occasion. I’m excited, blessed and honored to be a part of this staff.”
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp takes place Aug. 10-18 in Rockland, Ontario. After the camp, Hockey Canada will pick 22 players for a three-game set against the United States’ Women’s Under-18 Select Team. Those contests will take place Aug. 20-24 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Following the games against the U.S., the coaching staff along with Hockey Canada scouts will continue to evaluate players during the 2013-14 season in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship next April.
Friesen is about to embark on her fifth season as a full-time assistant on the Wisconsin bench. She has helped guide the Badgers to two Frozen Four title games, capturing the championship in 2011. Friesen also served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Badgers in 2006, helping coach the squad to its first national championship.
Before her coaching career, Friesen accumulated 53 goals and 34 assists in her 136 games while skating for the Badgers from 2001-05. An assistant captain during her senior season, Friesen also earned Academic All-WCHA accolades in 2003 and tallied three hat tricks during her career.