Team Canada’s Kori Cheverie on Building Trust through Autonomy

The trailblazer for women's hockey had quite the eventful season.
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For episode #181 of the Glass and Out podcast, we’re joined by Kori Cheverie, a trailblazer for women’s hockey and someone who had quite an eventful 2021-2022 season.

First, she was an Assistant Coach with Team Canada’s National Women’s Team that captured Gold at the Olympics in Beijing. That was then followed with a trip to Germany for the U18 Men’s World Championships, where she became the first female to work on the coaching staff of a Canadian men’s National Team.

Cheverie began coaching in youth programs at Ryerson University, while playing for the Toronto Fury of the CWHL. She decided to jump into the coaching ring full t-me and when she didn’t see any opportunities with the Ryerson women’s program, she turned to the men’s program. She was named Assistant Coach of Ryerson’s men’s program in advance of the 2016-2017 season and in the process became the first female to be full-time Assistant Coach of a men’s team in Canadian University Hockey.

In 2019, she first got involved with Hockey Canada’s program of excellence, beginning as an Assistant Coach of Canada’s entry into the 2019 U18 Women’s World Championships. Next up, in 2021, Cheverie took part the Women’s World Championships as an Assistant Coach with Team Canada. That led to her appointment with the Team Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics, which opened the door to her coaching the men at the U18 World Championships last month.

In addition to all her accomplishments, Cheverie has also been linked to being a candidate to be the first woman hired as a full-time coach in the NHL. Given her track record, we have no doubt that she just may have the ability and drive to make it happen.

Find out her thoughts on how to prepare a team for international tournaments, how to build trust through autonomy, and how she’s preparing for the next stage in her career.

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Aaron Wilbur

I’m a husband, father, sports nut and Founder of The Coaches Site. I enjoy cooking, watching live music and hiking the North Shore mountains with my family. My son is a football player, which has turned me into a big football fan. It’s helped me appreciate what hockey parents go through, especially those who have little experience with the sport, when trying to navigate their child up the hockey ladder.

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