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Around the Rink — June 18

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NCAA awards, retirements, and a funny tweet

Michelle Jay

It’s another edition of Around the Rink! It started as a noncomprehensive weekly roundup of quick hits from around the women’s hockey world that you may have missed. But it has expanded a bit, and now it will include signing and prospects updates, tracking the Clarkson Cup and Isobel Cup via Twitter, and the news you may have missed. Check out our news tab for more, well, news.


Signing season

NWHL signing season is in full swing. We have a handy dandy Free Agency Tracker to keep you updated.

The CWHL Draft registration is also open. Their draft will be in Toronto on Aug. 26. Players who register for the draft must not have been drafted previously and must not be committed to an NCAA or USPORTS team. Players also get to pick which locations they can play in. They can pick up to three different areas from among China, Boston, the Greater Toronto area, Montreal, and Calgary. New this year is the ability for general managers to pre-sign their first and second round picks. This signing period will be from July 1 through August 17.

Thus far, the biggest name on the prospects list is Tatiana Rafter, who has played in the NWHL for the last three season. Rafter did mention in an article earlier this off-season that she had talked to the Calgary Inferno.


Trophy tracker

Both the Clarkson Cup and the Isobel Cup are on tour with their respective winners. Each cup’s trip is being tracked on Twitter.

You can follow the Clarkson on Twitter using the hashtag #FollowTheCup.

You can follow the Isobel on Twitter at the handle @TheIsobelCup.


NCAA: RMU Eagles have good tweet

We see you, Robert Morris!

NCAA: Jincy Dunne and Sidney Peters among 2018 Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners

The Big Ten division hosts their own Sportsmanship Awards. According to their press release, a member of each varsity sports team is picked as an honoree, and from there, two winners are picked for each university.

All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The four honorees in women’s hockey were Sidney Peters (Minnesota), Jincy Dunne (Ohio State), Bella Sutton (Penn State), and Baylee Wellhausen (Wisconsin). Peters and Dunne were picked for their universities.

NCAA: Shea Tiley named ECAC Hockey Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Award

Clarkson University senior goaltender Shea Tiley was named the 2018 ECAC Hockey Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Award. The award is named after former Yale standout Mandi Schwartz, who lost her battle with cancer in 2011. Each ECAC school nominated one player: Cynthia Kyin, Brown; Breanne Wilson-Bennett, Colgate; Diana Buckley, Cornell; Hailey Noronha, Dartmouth; Chelsea Ziadie, Harvard; Stephanie Sucharda, Princeton; Alicia Barry, Quinnipiac; Whitney Renn, RPI; Dakota Golde, St. Lawrence; Arianna Kosakowski, Union; and Kaitlin Gately, Yale.

NWHL: Legend Rings becomes official championship ring provider of the NWHL and NWHLPA

The NWHL and NWHL Players’ Association announced a partnership with Legend Rings to make Isobel Cup rings available to players and fans. Legend Rings produced the first two seasons’ rings and are finalizing the Riveters rings as well. Fans can purchase replicas through the company.

INT: Korean goaltender Sojung Shin retires

In an Instagram post, Korean goaltender Sojung Shin announced her retirement from competitive hockey. Shin played in the PyeongChang Olympics for the united Korean team. She had a .890 save percentage. She also played for the New York Riveters in 2016-17, appearing in five games. Congrats on a great career!

I have decided to end my hockey career since I start to play hockey at the age of 7. I think it’s time for me to retire from competitive hockey and then move on to my next chapter in my life. I am not confidence to push my limit and do hard work after the Olympic which is my last goal in my hockey life. Hockey has been a big part of my life and it has given me so much, always... Also the games brought me so much joy and happiness. All of things in my hockey life made me into a person I am today. Sometimes I had been hard time during challenging my hockey career but I could overcome all of obstacles from the people who support me. I have achieved all of my goals including being a national team player, playing hockey in North America, playing in World Championships, Asian games and Olympic as a national team member. I’m extremely proud to have done that and I’m so lucky to have done all of these as a women’s hockey player in Korea. I have had such an amazing support from many people and I couldn’t have done any of things without your help. I won’t forget it. To all of my teammates, coaches, staffs, Korea Ice Hockey Association, supporters, fans who I’ve met in my hockey life, thank you for supporting me all the times. I’m so honored to meet you. Also huge thanks to my mom to support behind of me. It was not perfect ending I wanted but I’ve learned a lot. My experiences in hockey would help me to grow up in the future as a better person and be great lessons for the next chapter in my life. Now it’s time to say good bye.. See you soon somewhere! Thank you again! Sojung Shin . . . #hockeyplayer #goalie #athlete #olympian #retirement #career #ended #teamkorea #stfx #newyorkriveters #littlewinia #thankyou #loveyou #missyou

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