Head Coach: Bob Deraney
Bob Deraney joins the KRS staff after leaving the Providence Friars women’s ice hockey team at the end of 2017-2018 season, having served as head coach for 19 years. Over those 19 seasons, Deraney posted a 319-288-73 mark, including a 17-13-7 overall mark during the 2017-18 season. He was named the Women’s Hockey East Association (WHEA) Coach of the Year three times (2010, 2011 and 2017) and has led Providence to three Hockey East tournament titles, three Hockey East regular season titles and one ECAC tournament championship.
Assistant Coach: Mike LaZazzera
LaZazzera, whose 32-year coaching career consists of high school, college, junior and professional hockey joins KRS for the 2018-19 season. LaZazzera served as head coach of the Springfield Pics of the US Premier Hockey league. He has also acted as head coach for the Winston Salem T-Birds (SPHL), Jacksonville Lizard Kings (ECHL), Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL), Springfield College and Agawam High School (Massachusetts MIAA Division I). He is an experienced assistant coach, having worked for the Portland Pirates (AHL), Phoenix Roadrunners (IHL), Tallahassee Tiger Sharks (ECHL), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL), Reading Royals (ECHL), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL), University of Maine (Hockey East) and Plymouth Whalers (OHL). In 2006, LaZazzera spent two years with the New York Islanders as the video coach under NHL Jack Adams winners Ted Nolan and current Las Vegas Knights head coach Gerard Gallant.
Assistant Coach: Rui Sun
Rui Sun (Known as Sunny) is in the second season serving as an Assistant Coach for the Kunlun Red Star Vanke Rays of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Sun is two-time Olympian representing Team China in the 2002 Winter Olympic and 2010 Winter Olympic. She joined the KRS as an assistant coach since 2017-18 Season of the CWHL and coaching the KRS team into the 2017-2018 Clarkson Cup. Sun was also the Chinese National Women’s team assistant coach for the 2018 IIHF Women’s Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B. Sun was recognized as the most legendary female ice hockey player in China and was selected to be the torchbearer for 2008 Olympic Games. After playing for Team China for 14 years from 1998 to 2013 (during when he was the deputy captain from 2004 to 2010 and captain from 2011 to 2013), she retired as a player. However, in the World Championship for Group B Division One which was hosted in Beijing in 2015, Sun went back on ice and played for Team China once again. This Chinese legendary player has represented Team China 51 times with 30 goals and 18 assists, with 48 points in total. Sun is the number one scorer in China’s Female Ice Hockey in the history. Sun has been awarded several times as MVP of the National games and MVP of the games by IIHF, as well as titled as the Best Forward Player in Asia. During her playing career, Sun also played for Team Blues in Finland in season 2006/2007 and granted the second place with the team in Finnish National Ice Hockey League. She also played for HC Edmonton Chioms which awarded the third place in the west conference of WWHL in season 2007/2008.
Goalie Coach: Santeri Matikainen
SHENZHEN, CHINA – Santeri Matikainen of Tampere Finland is entering his second season as the goalie coach for the Kunlun Red Star Vanke Rays of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Matikainen is in his 8th year of coaching which consists of working at the Junior (U16) and (U18), men’s professional level (Finish Pro) and currently with the KRS Vanke Rays in the CWHL. Matikainen was also part of the Chinese National Team during the 2017-2018 season. Last season Matikainen worked as the Director of goalie coaching with both Kunlun teams (Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays). Matikainen’s experience includes working with an NHL entry level prospect Emil Larmi with Heinola Peliitat of the Finish Pro Hockey League. Matikainen comes from a strong hockey family including his father who is presently coaching the Klagenfurt AC in the Austrian Professional Hockey League. Petri Matikainen played in the 1980’s in Canada with Oshawa Generals of the OHL. Matikainen’s brother also coaches junior hockey in Italy. Matikainen spends his off season at his Summer cottage in Savonlinna Finland as well as his hometown of Tampere Finland.