PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney and former Friar Genevieve Lacasse '12 will be competing in the IIHF World Championships, taking place on March 29 through April 4. Deraney will be an assistant on the Team USA staff, while Lacasse will be playing for Team Canada.
In his time at Providence, Deraney has guided the Friars to three Hockey East titles, six Hockey East finals appearances, one ECAC Championship and one NCAA tournament appearance. He has also mentored five All-Americans including Sara DeCosta (1999 and 2000), Jessica Tabb (2001), Kelli Halcisak (2003 and 2004), Kristen Gigliotti (2006) and Karen Thatcher (2006). In addition, Deraney has coached five Olympians (DeCosta, Laurie Baker, Mari Pehkonen, Thatcher and Lacasse).
Most recently, Deraney helped lead Team USA to a silver medal in the 2014 Four Nations Cup (Nov. 8). In 2008, Deraney was on the coaching staff for the U-18 USA Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the inaugural IIHF World Women's U-18 Championships. Recently, Deraney was an assistant coach on the USA Women's U-22 team that competed in a three-game series against Canada at the 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Calgary, Canada. The U.S. went 3-0-0 in the series.
Lacasse recently helped Team Canada earn the Gold Medal the 2014 Four Nations Cup on Saturday, Nov. 8 in a 3-2 shootout win over the United States. Lacasse made a total of 33 saves in net for Team Canada in the contest. Last winter, Lacasse earned a gold medal with Team Canada in the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Lacasse was the eighth Friar to win a gold medal.
At Providence, Lacasse broke several records and was the captain during her senior season. The four-year starter holds records for the most career victories (64), career games played (127), career saves (3,482) and career shutouts (20). She also set Hockey East records for saves in a single tournament (127) and career tournament saves (276).
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