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Update / Margot Page ponders future

On Sunday, Margot Page boarded a plane for Italy to help Team Canada make its final preparations for the Turin Olympics.

As an assistant coach for the Canadian national women's hockey program, Page has been working with the team's forwards and focusing on her specialty -- faceoffs.

But the question still lingers: Will Page return to coach at Niagara next year?

"I honestly don't know the answer to that," Page said by telephone recently. "I still think that's an option. Nothing's been said. I've wanted to go back and coach, but I'm not sure if Niagara wants me back or if they're going in a different direction."

Niagara Athletics Director Mike Hermann said nothing has been decided because Niagara is waiting until Page finishes her Olympic commitment.

"Her situation is at the same place it has been," Hermann said. "We've e-mailed back and forth a few times and we will sit down and talk after the Olympics. We'll see what all our options are at the end of February."

Page and Niagara would have to come to a new contract agreement. Her previous contract expired before her year of leave was granted. The sticking point may not be so much salary as it is her immigration status. A Canadian citizen who lives in southern Ontario, Page probably needs help in ironing out her documentation status in order to continue coaching full time in the United States.

Niagara is 6-15-3 overall this season and 0-4-0 in College Hockey America play under interim coach Heather Reinke.


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