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Two Michigan coaches join women’s national team; Cossa named third star

Westland’s Josh Sciba and Shelley Looney of Brownstown Township were named as assistant coaches for USA Hockey’s women’s national team.

Sciba, the head coach of the Union College women’s hockey team for the past six seasons, helped lead the US U18 team to a gold medal as an assistant coach at the 2020 world championship in Bratislava, Slovakia.

A member of the National Team Development Program from 2001-2003, he played four years at the University of Denver before serving as an assistant coach with the women’s teams at Colgate University and Niagara University.

Looney, a two-time Olympian who helped the US win Olympic gold in 1998, has been the head women’s hockey coach at Lindenwood University since 2019-20.

She was head coach for the 2019 and 2017 US women’s national university team, leading the US to a fourth-place finish in 2019 and a third-place showing in 2017. She also was an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning US U18 team in 2010.

As a player, Looney represented the US at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and in eight world championships. She scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal game at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Brownstown Township's Shelley Looney, left, is checked by Germany's Sabine Ruckauer at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Kearns, Utah.

The two Michigan coaches will be joined by goaltending coach Alli Altmann (Eagen, Minn.) on the coaching staff of head coach John Wroblewski, the former coach of the Jack Hughes-led NTDP teams from 2019-2021. The women’s world championships are Aug. 25-Sept. 4 in Herning and Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Cossa named third star

Detroit Red Wings draft pick Sebastian Cossa was named the third star in the Edmonton Oil Kings’ 4-3 overtime victory against the Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday at the Memorial Cup at TD Station in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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