In her own playing career, Coach Becky played high performance hockey for the Oval Xtreme in Calgary, competed in several national championships and was a member of the national junior team. She coached Midget AAA for 10 years, even winning coach of the year. She is currently a minor hockey coach with Girls Hockey Calgary, where her oldest daughter Tess plays. And for Coach Becky, sport is indeed a family affair – with her husband, mom and sisters frequently in the stands cheering on her team. In fact, she draws inspiration from her mom and her way of seeing everything as an opportunity.
Coach Becky believes in lifelong learning, and with a unique ability to communicate with young athletes, her goal is to pass on her passion for physical literacy. Being involved in sports as a kid gave her the gift of confidence, and she hopes all SDR athletes walk away with the conviction that anything is possible – if you put the work in. And hard work is something Coach Becky has never shied away from, even as a teen logging long, hot days of manual labour working for her dad’s swimming pool business.
But there are a couple of things she is afraid of: snakes and rink mice. And if you want to really rile up Coach Becky, simply point out that thin strip of ice that the Zamboni missed.
Few athletes in any sport can match Danielle’s accomplishments at the international stage. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2002, 2006) and captured a silver medal in 1998 in addition to eight World Championship titles – the most recent coming in Winnipeg in 2007. She has represented Canada at international competitions more than any other hockey player in history – male or female – and has more than 100 goals to her credit in international play.
Her Olympic accomplishments extend outside medals – she was the leading goal scorer in the 1998 tournament in Nagano, ranking second overall in points. The smooth-skating forward also won three gold medals each with Team Alberta and Team Quebec at the Esso Women’s Nationals.
Danielle is an accomplished skills coach, having worked with numerous bantam and midget teams in skill and skating development as well as with a variety of NHLers including Brayden Point, Braydon Coburn, and Vegas Golden Knight prospect Reid Duke. In 2012, she was named as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the world championships and reprised that role at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where Canada went on to win the gold medal.
In 2017 Danielle received the ultimate honour in hockey when she was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.