Regular season play for the CWHL and NWHL is still a few weeks away, but don’t fret too much: preseason exhibition games start this weekend!
The schedule features a mix of interleague games and games against college teams. Most notable, women’s hockey fans in the Colgate area have an extremely unique opportunity on Sunday, Sept. 23 as the CWHL’s KRS Vanke Rays take on Colgate at 2 p.m. then the NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale play in the same rink at 6 p.m. That’s a lot of really really really good hockey in a really really short amount of time.
KRS Vanke Rays at UConn (NCAA): Sat. Sept. 22 - 2 p.m.
Here’s the first chance to see the newly-branded KRS Vanke Rays. This game features a homecoming of Leah Lum, one of KRS’s draft picks.
Markham Thunder at Mercyhurst (NCAA): Sat. Sept. 22 - 4:30 p.m.
KRS Vanke Rays at Colgate (NCAA): Sun. Sept. 23 - 2 p.m.
Les Canadiennes v Concordia (USports): Sun. Sept. 23 - 2 p.m.
Worcester Blades v KRS Vanke Rays: Sat. Sept. 29 - 1 p.m.
The Blades’ first game in their brand new home wearing their brand new logo.
Markham Thunder v Toronto Furies: Sun. Sept. 30 - 4:30 p.m.
The two GTA teams are set to face off in a exhibition game as part of CYGHA’s 25th anniversary season kickoff. Food donations will be taken instead of an admission fee.
Les Canadiennes v EdeM (USports): Thurs. Oct. 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Les Canadiennes v McGill (USports): Fri. Oct. 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Boston Pride at Northeastern University (NCAA): Sat. Sept. 22 - 2 p.m.
UPDATE: As of Sept 19, the Pride and Northeastern will play at 1 p.m. at nearby Boston University’s Walter Brown. The contest is also now a “non-traditional, ‘controlled scrimmage’ format with two periods of hockey, followed by a special-teams clinic during which both sides will work on power-plays and penalty kills,” according to the press release.
Minnesota Whitecaps at Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) at Amsoil Arena: Sat. Sept. 22 - 4 p.m. CST
The Whitecaps typically play a lot of NCAA teams and this season is no different. This will be the first look at the newest NWHL team.
Buffalo Beauts v Connecticut Whale at Colgate University: Sun. Sept. 23 - 6 p.m.
Metropolitan Riveters v Luleå Hockey/MSSK (SDHL) at Princeton: Sat. Sept. 29 - 1 p.m.
The Champions Cup between the NWHL and the SDHL provides a rare opportunity for two different leagues to face off. The game hasn’t been without issue though as the scope and location of it changed from a three-game series in Sweden to one game in the US.