PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney and former Friar Genevieve Lacasse '12 competed in the gold medal game of the IIHF World Championships on Saturday, April 4. Team USA, assisted by Deraney, won the championship, 7-5. Lacasse made 13 saves in 38:12 minutes of action for Team Canada.
"To have the opportunity to represent my country for a second time and win a second gold medal, this time in the IIHF World Championship, is a very special honor and privilege," said Deraney.
"To be entrusted to work with the best American players in our sport is a huge complement and responsibility. To watch our team play so well and perform at such a high level throughout the entire tournament was very exciting and rewarding to see. "
"The players deserve all the credit for this great accomplishment. I'm so happy to have been able to be a part of it, have the best seat in the house to watch them display their great talents and win a championship they so deserved."
With Team USA as an assistant, Deraney helped lead the team 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. Deraney's first gold medal was in 2008 when he was on the USA U-18 coaching staff that won the first-ever gold at the IIHF U18 World Championship.
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 also has 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). Additionally, Deraney has coached five Olympians (DeCosta, Laurie Baker, Mari Pehkonen, Thatcher and Lacasse).
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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