Canadian women’s hockey coach Dan Church resigns

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Canadian Olympic women’s hockey coach Dan Church resigned, less than two months before the start of the Sochi Games, saying he felt others lacked confidence in his ability to lead the country to a fourth consecutive gold medal. The announcement was made Thursday, before Canada’s 5-1 exhibition loss to the United States in an exhibition game in Calgary. Hockey Canada said assistant coaches Lisa Haley and Danielle Goyette will serve as co-coaches until a new head coach is named. ‘‘If there isn’t confidence in what I'm doing, I need to step aside and let the team move on,’’ Church told The Canadian Press. ‘‘I'm heartbroken, to be honest, about the whole situation.’’ The players were informed of Church’s departure at their morning skate. The 40-year-old Church, from Toronto, did not specify whether it was his players or Hockey Canada management that had questioned his competence . . .

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