- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) - A longtime suburban Chicago hockey coach who has worked with the Chicago Wolves is headed to Russia to be skating and skills coach for the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team.

“I’m honored,” Kenny McCudden of Crystal Lake told the Daily Herald (https://bit.ly/1eQMGCj ). “I’m privileged. And it took a lot of hard work to get to this point, to be part of the program and to keep on moving on within the program, the women’s national program.”

McCudden said he spent the 2½ years traveling around the U.S. helping the team with camps and skills sessions. He’s been working at coaching and teaching hockey skills since the late 1980s.

The coach said working with women was a new area of hockey for him.

“I had never been involved in the women’s game,” he said. “So it was something completely new. Having that privilege of being able to do it and stay with it was phenomenal.”

McCudden said the U.S. women are “at the top of their game” and he lauded their passing and shooting skills.

“To be quite honest with you, I didn’t think they would be able to shoot the puck as well as they shoot the puck,” he said. “And I didn’t think they’d be able to zing the puck around passing it as well as they can pass it. I knew they would be very, very disciplined athletes, but where they really shocked me was with their passing and shooting.”


Information from: Daily Herald, https://www.dailyherald.com



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