Joel Johnson to guide U.S. women’s national hockey team

Sep 26, 2017; Park City, UT, USA; Team USA women’s hockey players during the 2018 U.S. Olympic Summit at Grand Summit Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Johnson has been named the interim head coach of the United States women’s national hockey team.

Johnson guided the U.S. women’s national team to four straight gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship (2015-18).

Johnson replaces Bob Corkum, who stepped down from the role he held since October 2018.

“Bob put his heart and soul into continuing to build on the legacy of our women’s national team program over the past three seasons and we’re grateful for all he did,” said Katie Million, director of women’s national team programs for USA Hockey. “While he’s stepping away, he’ll always be a big part of the USA Hockey family and we’ll certainly miss him.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone like Joel to step in and guide our team at the world championship. He’s been an important part of our program and is well positioned to help build on the success we’ve enjoyed.”

Team USA will compete in the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship from May 6-16 in Halifax and Turo, Nova Scotia.

–Field Level Media