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Dayley Named USA Hockey Girls/Women’s Director for WA

By Daria Schubert, 09/01/12, 11:00AM PDT


PNAHA announced today that Cindy Dayley has accepted the role of USA Hockey Girls’/Women’s Director for Washington State.

Cindy also serves on the WWFHA Board as the treasurer and newly appointed Director of Coaching. She coached the WWFHA 14U team last year and previously coached both the 19U and 19U rep team in the same year, posting 2 championship titles.

Cindy Dayley has been competing in the sport of ice hockey for 40 years, has 15 years of coaching and 15 years of hockey administrative experience.  Her background ranges from coaching youth to adults; from recreational to rep girls’ and women’s teams to men’s non-varsity collegiate ice hockey.

As the head coach of the University of Washington men’s ice hockey team, she compiled a 104-43-1 win-loss-tie record in six years. Among the numerous team trophies the Huskies earned, she was named ACHA-West Region Coach of the Year and Pac-8 Coach of the Year twice. Her coaching paraphernalia was entered into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada for being the first woman to be a head coach of a men’s collegiate hockey team.

Cindy also was involved in starting the first collegiate women’s non-varsity division in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, which has now grown to two divisions and over sixty teams. In addition, she co-founded a high school girl’s elite program called the 49th

Parallel, which showcased Western US and Canadian talent to collegiate scouts while holding skill camps, clinics and workshops, which resulted in numerous players being recruited to collegiate teams.  At the same time, Dayley initiated the first women’s inline league in Seattle and directed the Seattle Women’s In-Line Hockey team to win the 1997 AIRHS National Championship title only four months after forming a team.

Cindy was also the head coach for the first girls’ travel rep team in the Seattle area in the mid 1990s, for Seattle Junior

Hockey Association. This team traveled to tournaments across the US to showcase the players to collegiate scouts. The team was the first US female team to win the Canadian Lower Female Hockey League regular season and championship title with a record of 19-0; half the seniors were subsequenlty placed in collegiate hockey programs.

A native of Seattle, WA, Cindy learned to skate from a championship figure skater at the age of seven. She transitioned to ice hockey; however, she was not allowed to play on boys’ teams. Due to the lack of girls’ teams in the area, Dayley played on adult women’s teams until she moved to Canada in her twenties to play on elite AAA women’s hockey. Dayley returned to Seattle and played on several men’s recreational check teams before coaching women and youth teams and performing hockey administration.

Congratulations to Cindy for her PNAHA placement as the Girls/Women’s Director.