With Hungary making its debut at the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship, Lisa Haley jumped at the chance to be a part of the team’s journey as head coach
One hundred and twenty six days. That is how long Lisa Haley has had to quarantine in her journey as the head coach of Hungary’s national women’s team.
Before she was able to be considered an essential worker, the 48-year-old would fly to Budapest for a training camp and then return to Canada for her two-week quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Every time I went, it was basically about a 24-day commitment,” Haley says. “I usually have anywhere from one-to-three days out of quarantine jail and then I’m back on a plane.”
The ability to juggle such a demanding schedule would not have been possible without support from her family and Ryerson University, where she is the head coach of the Rams’ women’s hockey team. But despite the taxing travel demands of the head coaching position, the Westville, N.S., native says she has no regrets.