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College women's hockey: Two-time Olympic gold medalist joins UMD coaching staff

Gina Kingsbury, 2010 (Canadian Olympic Team photo)

A two-time Olympic gold medalist is joining the coaching staff of the Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team, the school announced Thursday.

Gina Kingsbury will serve as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs, joining head coach Shannon Miller and assistant coach Laura Schuler.

"Gina's strengths as a coach are skating and skill development, recruiting and sport psychology," Miller said in a news release. "With so much experience playing at the highest level of competition in the world, Gina commands respect the second she skates onto the ice. This is a strong and exciting addition to our team."

Kingsbury, a native of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, won gold medals while playing for Canada in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Most recently she spent four years as an assistant coach at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, British Columbia.

Kingsbury played 116 games with the Canadian national team, collecting 35 goals and 40 assists. She helped Canada win IIHF World Championship gold medals in 2001, 2004 and 2007, and Four Nations Cup titles in 2002, 2004-07 and 2009.

She played collegiate hockey at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., and was on the Saints squad that lost to UMD in the inaugural Women's Frozen Four title game in 2001. She graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2004.