Calgary, Alta – The Calgary Inferno welcome a full-time General Manager to the squad for the 2017-18 season. Kristen Hagg was announced as the team’s GM by the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
After winning the Clarkson Cup with the team in the 2015-16 CWHL season, Kristen Hagg moved to the team’s front office as the Inferno’s Assistant GM for the 2016-17 season. Kristen has extensive hockey experience. Prior to retiring from her playing career as a member of the Calgary Inferno from 2014-2016 seasons, she played for the Edmonton Chimos of the WWHL, Salzburg Ravens of the EWHL and spent five seasons at the University of Alberta, where she won four CIS titles. Hagg is currently an associate with Bryan & Company Calgary LLP.
“This program has come a long way since its inaugural season in the league. We will be going through a lot of changes this season with many of our players centralized with Team Canada to train for and participate in the Olympics in South Korea. However, we still have a strong veteran presence with new talent coming in. The goal is to keep moving in an upward direction with our team development,” remarked Kristen.
Jeff Stevenson, who served as the GM last season, will continue to volunteer with the team in a yet undetermined role. Jeff has been with the team since 2012 in a variety of roles including colour commentary, marketing and operations and has been a driving force behind the team’s community outreach.
Scott Reid, the team’s Head Coach for the past two seasons will not be returning for a third season. Scott led the team to two consecutive Clarkson Cup Finals, securing the first title and then being narrowly defeated by the rival Montreal Les Canadiennes during last season’s playoff.
“We’d like to thank Scott and Jeff for all the work they’ve done in their formal roles with the team. They’ve been integral to forming the franchise we have now,” added Kristen.
The 2017-18 season will prove to be exciting for the sport of women’s hockey as the league expands to welcome a team from China. All teams, including the Inferno, will have the opportunity to travel to play in China during the regular season. http://www.thecwhl.com/cwhl-expands-kunlun-red-star-joins-league