I had something for the top of this but then it got so long I turned it into its own article. So this week’s Wraparound is just a bunch of links. There’s some fun stuff from this week (like a giant puck), as well as a bunch of links about the women in the NHL All-Star game.
This piece by ESPN’s Emily Kaplan came out this morning. It looks at the ZhHL, their relationship with the ZHL (the men’s league), and how it basically acts as model for North American women’s hockey.
What the NHL can learn from the KHL’s support of women’s hockey
The WHL is supported financially and promoted by the KHL, a system similar to what North American women want from the NHL.
Steph Klein, the equipment manager for KRS, follows up with an interesting thread too.
Equipment truck, dressing and dry room, coaches room, medical room, equipment room and laundry (loops & jerseys) in every city... DAYS before puck drop. All provided by the home team. This is the STANDARD across pro leagues & it's finally on the women's side @khl_eng @khl https://t.co/uaZgevLB4n— Steph Klein (@skleiner1) January 29, 2020
Saturday was one of the craziest days in NWHL play we’ve had this season.
It finally happened: the Boston Pride are no longer undefeated. In one of the wildest games (two goals were scored in the final minute!), the Minnesota Whitecaps handed the Pride their first lose of the season on Saturday. Jillian Dempsey netted her second of the game to tie it up at 19:03, but seven seconds later Allie Thunstrom stormed off the faceoff and went top shelf to win it.
The Connecticut Whale got their second win of the season after besting the Metropolitan Riveters in an eight-round shootout. Of the 16 shooters, only one scored - Sarah Schwenzfeier.
Sunday was a little calmer. The Pride won, and clinched first place in the regular season. The Riveters won as well.
Regular season play is paused for the next two weekends, but the All-Star Weekend is in Boston Feb. 8-9.
NWHL Standings as of 1/27
Q&A with NWHL Open Ice Host, GamerDoc | The Ice Garden
From med school to esports to hockey and Twitch, the self-proclaimed nerd who does it all.
Connecticut Whale: Hanna Beattie Proving Her Value in 3rd NWHL Season | The Hockey Writers
Whale Captain Shannon Doyle on F/D Hanna Beattie: “Often she brings something that can’t be tracked on a stat sheet, she makes the smart play each shift.”
Connecticut Whale Sign Alexa Aramburu - NWHL
The former Riveter became the second active PWHPA player to sign with the NWHL. She played in New Hampshire and was rostered for Philadelphia.
Fun fact. Tonight’s victory over the undefeated Boston Pride is the second time Lev has stopped a Boston streak. The last time was 40-0 Boston College in the NCAA Frozen 4 Final in 2016! @WhitecapsHockey @MandyLeveille29 @kellyschultz @GopherWHockey #rollcaps pic.twitter.com/19LHFPcXsf— Deb Eggleton (@Studydeb) January 26, 2020
The PWHPA didn’t have any games in the last week.
The Arizona Coyotes did announce the next Dream Gap Tour stop in the midst of the NHL All-Star Weekend: March 6-8 in Tempe, AZ. Details are scarce in the NHL story about it with only nine players announced. This is the third stop on the second leg of the Dream Gap Tour, and the second that’s not in a traditional women’s hockey market.
The Coyotes had Amanda Kessel and Megan Bozek out there earlier this week too.
We had a few friends stop by the rink today. pic.twitter.com/SSgOVYmGgi— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) January 27, 2020
PWHPA shines at 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic - The Ice Garden
Members of the PWHPA took to Wichita, Kansas to showcase their talents alongside ECHL All-Stars.
PWHPA board member Alyssa Gagliardi on the NWHL, NHL and boycotters’ vision for women’s hockey | The Athletic ($)
”Do we know if the NHL is going to do something? Not really,” she said. “I think that is something that is definitely appealing.”
Weekend Wrap: January 27 | USCHO.com
Top-seeded Wisconsin swept (2) Minnesota while four different players tallied hat tricks.
“Absolutely no shortcuts”: Bemidji State’s Clair DeGeorge comfortable with the long road | The Ice Garden
A leader for the Beavers since she came to campus, DeGeorge recently made her debut with the U.S. women’s senior team.
Mailbag: Answering college hockey fans’ questions for this season, so far | NCAA.com
What’s wrong with the Wisconsin men’s team of late? How can the Ohio State women’s team consistently compete against the top of the WCHA? All those questions and many more are answered in this week’s college hockey mailbag.
The question about Ohio State is really interesting.
After years as an Independent, Sacred Heart has found a home and room to grow in NEWHA | USCHO.com
The Sacred Heart women’s hockey team has found a home in NEWHA after more than a decade playing as an Independent.
The Dream Coming True for Kelly Browne | Boston College Athletics
Kelly Browne recently became the latest Eagle to color the USA women’s national hockey team a shade of maroon and gold.
Young CHA struggles to make its mark on women’s hockey | The Daily Orange
In conference games, Syracuse has beaten the other five teams at least once.
Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle: Taylor Wasylk ‘14 | Boston College Athletics
The former ice hockey great is growing her game as the first-ever head coach at Suffolk University.
Sacred Heart to Build New On-Campus Arena | College Hockey News
Sacred Heart University will build a nearly 4,000-capacity, $60 million hockey and skating arena on its West Campus in Fairfield, Conn., the school has announced. It will house the men’s and women...
Paul Flanagan becomes 7th head coach to win 400 games | The Daily Orange
In a narrow 1-0 win over Robert Morris, Paul Flanagan won his 400th game.
U of L Pronghorns alumnus donates $125,000 to women’s hockey program | LethbridgeNewsNOW
He has committed a $125,000 gift to offer 14 full-ride scholarships, which is the maximum that is allowed.
Go Pronghorns alumnu!!
Women at NHL All-Star
Canada beats US, 2-1, in Elite Women’s 3-on-3 Game at NHL All-Star Skills Competition | The Ice Garden
Plus how Poulin and Knight fared in the Shooting Stars event
Women's 3-on-3 event at NHL skills competition 'going to be wild,' former Wisconsin Badgers star Annie Pankowski says | madison.com
Seven former Badgers players and Madison native Amanda Kessel will compete in the inaugural Elite Women's 3-on-3 on Friday in St. Louis.
Women’s players hope NHL All-Star Weekend helps their cause | The Washington Post
Twenty of the top women’s hockey players in the world will be part of NHL All-Star Weekend
Women Get a Spotlight, but No Prize Money, in New N.H.L. All-Star Event | New York Times
Hoping to build on buzz from last year, the N.H.L. All-Star skills competition will add a U.S.A. vs. Canada three-on-three game.
The Women’s Hockey Players Taking a Page Out of Billie Jean King’s Playbook | WSJ
Women will participate in the NHL’s All Star festivities this weekend, spotlighting the fractured state of the women’s professional game.
The top of this is pretty much the same old same old but the bottom is interesting.
As NHL celebrates women’s hockey, questions remain unanswered | Boston Herald
It seems every time there’s a women’s hockey event, more questions arise than answers. That’s also true of the 2020 NHL All-Star game, where women competed in their own event for the first time with their 3-on-3 game between the United States and Canada on Friday night.
Women’s players have ‘perfect’ All-Star weekend | NHL.com
The girls lined up, in skates and pads and jerseys. They wanted a photograph and an autograph and an audience with these women they had seen on TV, had seen play hockey, had seen reach the pinnacle of their sport and who, later that night, would find themselves on a different sort of national stage.
Q&A: Kendall Coyne Schofield on the limelight of the past year and the future of women’s hockey | The Athletic ($)
”They recognize us as hockey players and talented hockey players. They don’t look at us as hockey players with ponytails.”
As WNBA boosts pay, women’s hockey players see path forward | News | WTVB
With increased pay, improved travel and a host of new maternity benefits, the WNBA’s latest collective bargaining agreement (CBA) sent up roars of celebration that reache...
Hockey Canada announces roster for February Rivalry Series | The Ice Garden
Team Canada will look for their first win of this year’s Rivalry Series against the USA with a relatively similar roster as the December games
Youth Must Be Served, Part 1 | CONWAY’S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
The Russian women’s senior national team is off to a six-nations tournament in Sweden next week — the full field will be: Czechia, Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and Switerland).
Winner of Week's Goal Week 3: Brooke Boquist | SDHL.se
För en vecka sedan presenterade vi vinnaren av Veckans mål, nu har det blivit dags att kora vinnaren vecka 3. Bland de mål som hade gjorts plockades tre kandidater ut.
Tenth straight for Luleå - and extra points for SDE | SDHL.se
Luleå tog tionde raka segern efter att ha vunnit mot Göteborg och samtidigt tog SDE en övertidsvinst mot AIK.
The KHL & Other Leagues Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak | CONWAY'S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
How the coronavirus in China is impacted hockey.
The puck stops here: Boston Public Schools superintendent is at home in the hockey rink | The Boston Globe
Wearing a white and purple Boston Latin practice jersey, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius looked like just another skater out on the ice.
Hitting in Women’s Hockey: Why Not? | The Hockey Writers
Should there be bodychecking in women’s hockey? We asked more than a dozen current and former players from around the world to weigh in on the matter.
Family business fun for teen now | Winnipeg Free Press
When it comes to the hockey business, Aimee Patrick’s family has a roster of people who could be con...
Giant puck in roundabout in Kloten not illegal anymore
This isn’t exactly women’s hockey related but when it came up in my feed I couldn’t not share it.
I know some people are already aware, but former UND All-American goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie was involved in a very serious bus accident last week. If you'd like to support Shelby in her recovery, there's now a GoFundMe set up: https://t.co/wKB8HnBfb0 #ShelbyStrong— Gabs Fundaro (@gabfun) January 28, 2020