Do a deep dive on the leaders aiming to guide each team to glory.

The inaugural PWHL Draft is on the horizon, so it’s time to learn more about who’ll be leading our original six teams and their newly-drafted players from the sidelines.

Each new coach enters the league with a unique background and perspective of the game, and their levels of excitement remain high across the board. Read about the new hires below!

Boston: Courtney Kessel

About: After playing at the highest level for over a decade, the 2012 IIHF gold medalist’s enjoyed a full circle moment when she led Hockey Canada to gold in 2019… this time as a coach.

Quote: “Boston has always been such a big supporter of our game and I cannot wait to begin! I am looking forward to the start of the season and seeing the fans at our games in January.”

Minnesota: Charlie Burggraf

About: Equipped with over 15 years of coaching experience, the former Fighting Sioux is heading to the Twin Cities, adding a brand new position to an already-impressive resume.

Quote: “My commitment to the organization, the players and to the Minnesota fans is to build a team of excellence, both on the ice and in the community.”

Montreal: Kori Cheverie

About: The former Clarkson Cup winner and first-ever full-time female assistant coach for Toronto Metropolitan University’s men’s team looks to channel her trailblazing spirit in a new league.

Quote: “The creation of the PWHL marks a pivotal moment for women’s hockey, and I’m committed to building on Montreal’s legacy of hockey excellence.”

New York: Howie Draper

About: After leading the University of Alberta Golden Bears for more than a quarter of a century, the well-tenured head coach is taking his talents to the big city.

Quote: “I am very honored to be chosen to help lead New York in the inaugural season of the PWHL.”

Ottawa: Carla Macleod

About: On her way to Ottawa with a decade’s worth of hardware, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and recent University of Calgary head coach plans to lead her new team to great heights.

Quote: “Thank you to the city of Ottawa for providing us with an incredible community that we know will be the perfect home for our team as we chase our goals.”

Toronto: Troy Ryan

About: The onetime player and current head coach of the Canadian women's national team — who he led to an Olympic gold medal in 2022 — will be calling the plays in his native country’s largest city.

Meet the PWHL’s Original Six Coaches