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Mar. 4, 2017 — Chaos on the ice

While the U.S. women’s field hockey and lacrosse teams are going to be playing in some major world tournaments this summer, another U.S. women’s national team of note is less than a month out from hosting this year’s world championship.

The sport is ice hockey, and the United States has customarily done well at the world-level competitions, winning seven IIHF World Championships since 2005, although they have not won gold at the Olympics since the debut of the sport in Nagano in 1998, the U.S. team has always been a team which has been athletic, prepared, organized, and well-coached.

Which makes one wonder about the current coaching situation within the team.Ken Klee, who has coached the team to the last two IIHF World Championships, is no longer with the team, according to numerous sources.

The coaching position for the U.S. women’s ice hockey team has gotten to a point where players often don’t know who their coach is going to be from event to event, a policy put in place by women’s hockey GM Reagan Carey.

Problem is, when you are in the midst of your domestic season (the NWHL Isobel Cup Finals and the NCAA Final Four are in two weeks), there aren’t a lot of opportunities to recruit a successful head coach, and it’s mind-boggling that Carey has let this situation get to this point.