The US women’s hockey team is one of the best in the world, and it has two women at the helm who know how to win.
Reagan Carey and Katey Stone have both been on the international stage of women’s professional and amateur sport.
“I’ve been the GM of the US Hockey women’s program for the last four years and I love it,” said Carey, just days before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Carey is a 2001 graduate of Colby College, where she played four years of collegiate hockey and volleyball. She was the recipient of the 2010 Colby College Carl E. Nelson Sports Achievement Award, a. And prior to joining USA Hockey, Carey was the director of fan development and youth marketing for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
“She was one of the captains of the Colby College women's ice hockey team when I was on the team as a freshman. She led by example on and off the ice ... pushing the team to train harder … Reagan has a rare ability to encourage/push her teammates beyond what they think they are able to do,” said Christina Dotchin, the admissions director at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, and aformer teammate of Carey’s.
The US women have been training in Boston, and their coach, Katey Stone, is also the hockey coach at Harvard University. Her accomplishments are amazing. Stone is the all-time wins leader in women’s college hockey. She completed her 19th season behind the Harvard bench in 2012-13 and has led the Crimson to a 402-171-35 (.690) record, which included the 1999 American Women’s Collegiate Hockey Alliance national championship and three straight appearances in the NCAA championship games.
Thanks to these two women and their passion for the game, many young players have been coming to watch them train and scrimmage.
“Its been a great way for us to showcase our program to younger players and that is what it is all about for us,” Carey said.
Youth hockey for both boys and girls is on the rise, just last season. USA Hockey boasted 510,279 members, the second most all-time and just under 1,000 fewer than the record 511,178 set in 2011-12.
As for the US women’s outlook for the Olympic tournament, Carey was cautious and confident.
“We don’t overlook any team. It's the Olympics, everyone is here to win. We have been training hard and we come in here with a lot of confidence," Carey said.
Listen to my full Radio BDC interview with Carey below: