" Yes, it's in the middle of a pandemic," Haley said." Hockey's a little world and females's hockey even smaller sized," Haley stated." She truly gave me some fantastic guidance in terms of where Hungary was in their advancement. Hungary doubled up on Canadian coaches in 2020."Everybody's recruiting kind of goes in cycles and we are at the peak right now," Haley said.

Unable to coach the Ryerson Rams to a nationwide women's university hockey title because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lisa Haley has actually used her talents to an up-and-coming country.

Hungary, which won promotion to the top-tier females's world hockey championship for the very first time, has hired Haley as head coach.

If the 2021 champion goes on in Halifax and Truro, N.S. in April, Haley will guarantee Hungary's bench in her home province.

" We're in Pool B in Truro actually 20 minutes from where I matured as a kid and began to play the video game," Haley informed The Canadian Press.

The 47-year-old from Westville, N.S., was Canada's assistant coach at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, where captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored the overtime winner for the gold medal.

Haley was also an assistant the last time Canada won a world title in 2012.

She's coached university ladies's hockey for over twenty years, first with the Saint Mary's Huskies in the Atlantic University Sport conference and then the Rams for the last years.

Haley is presently in quarantine in your home in Cobourg, Ont., after returning Sunday from Budapest.

The Hungarian females were scheduled to play in a Six Nations tournament versus China, Norway, Denmark, Slovakia and Austria last week.

Due to the fact that of rising infection numbers in Europe, all countries withdrew. The Hungarian females wound up playing video games versus a local under-16 kids group.

" Yes, it's in the middle of a pandemic," Haley said. "My technique to this has actually been, I understand how to keep myself safe. I understand how to wear a mask, clean my hands and [stay] a stick-length away."

Canadian Pat Cortina coached the Hungarian women to Division 1 triumph and promotion in 2019, however didn't continue with the program due to the fact that of a contractual commitment to a German men's team.

Possible for another Olympic Games

Meanwhile, the 2020 women's world championship in Nova Scotia was postponed to 2021 since of the pandemic.

Former Hungarian player Zsuzsanna Kolbenheyer chairs the International Ice Hockey Federation's females's committee.

She asked Canadian committee member Melody Davidson about potential training prospects for her nation. Davidson was general supervisor of Canada's 2014 Olympic group.

" Hockey's a small world and women's hockey even smaller," Haley said." She really offered me some fantastic suggestions in terms of where Hungary was in their development. Hungary doubled up on Canadian coaches in 2020. " It's a small nation with a population of less than 10 million and hockey is not a popular sport."Everybody's recruiting kind of goes in cycles and we are at the peak right now," Haley stated.