Katz Staying on as General Manager

Amidst the recent changes across the Canadian Women?۪s Hockey League, Brampton General Manager Jody Katz has had her contract renewed for another season.

Katz will be entering her third season running and overseeing Brampton?۪s program, which has seen increased success with her behind the bench.

???I am excited to have the opportunity to return and continue to grow a championship caliber team and culture in Brampton,?۝ says Katz. ???The City of Brampton has been great to work with and I look forward to a continued positive relationship there.?۝

Brampton has advanced to the Clarkson Cup finals twice with Katz as the General Manager and saw a complete turnaround with her acting as head coach for the second half of the 2011/2012 season.

Before the New Year, Brampton was below .500 with a record of four wins and seven losses. After Katz took over as head coach, the team finished the season 14-2 and ended with an eight-game winning streak.

Going into the 2012/2013 CWHL season, Katz is looking to create a championship culture and build a team that has the depth and character to win the Clarkson Cup, after falling one game short last year.

After serving a duo role of General Manager and Head Coach last season, Katz has decided to step back from coaching to focus on the growth of the program.

In her place, Katz is looking to hire a full coaching staff that fits the program and is committed to going above and beyond the call of duty to create a championship atmosphere.

With the CWHL Draft deadline fast approaching, Brampton will be looking to continue its draft day success on July 21, after last year?۪s picks like Vicki Bendus, Britney Selina, Liz Knox, Tara Gray and Courtney Birchard made an immediate impact.

???I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with some of the best and most humble athletes in the game,?۝ adds Katz. ???We hope to provide outstanding entertainment this coming season for all fans."

Changes to the 2012/2013 season include going from six teams to five, as the Burlington Barracudas will no longer exist.

Current Burlington players will have their rights moved to Brampton and Toronto through a dispersal draft, should they wish to stay in the league.

As a result, the Alberta Honeybadgers will play a full season schedule instead of the half season format of their inaugural year.