No one saw this coming.
Dan Church announced yesterday that he has stepped down as head coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team.
The startling move comes less than two months before the Sochi Olympics.
Church says he’s resigning because he felt there were doubts about his ability to coach the team to its 4th straight Olympic gold medal in February.
Church says he’s “heartbroken,” and “sad” that he “can’t finish this journey.”
He took over the team in 2011 and coached the squad to the women’s world championship title in 2012.
And don’t expect former coach Melody Davidson to take over.
The Olympic gold medal winning bench boss in 2006 and 2010 is now Hockey Canada’s female head scout and GM for the national team.
She has already turned down the job.
Canada’s 21-player roster will be named this month.
But however you look at it, there is a big hole, at a bad time, and it may cost Canada a gold in Russia.