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The Wraparound: Feb. 27

If you only read one thing and multiple stories about Blake Bolden

Hockey Player Blake Bolden Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Not a ton of words from me today and no updates/recaps on the week. It’s a busy busy time so here’s just the links you may have missed!

If you only read one thing...

IIHF - Legacy of Gold: Q&A with Davidson
10 years after Olympic gold in Vancouver, we go in-depth with legendary Canadian coach Melody Davidson.

There’s soooooo much to unpack in this interview with Davidson. She talks about the future of Team Canada - including everyone’s favorite “snub” Daryl Watts - and her past with Team Canada. It is a rare inside look into how they pick teams, their thought process, and more. It’s 100 percent worth reading.

NWHL

Goal for NWHL/AHL doubleheader in Bridgeport: grow hockey | CTInsider.com ($)
The NWHL’s Whale and Pride meet at 2 p.m., followed by the AHL’s Sound Tigers and Bears at 7. It’s the first NWHL/AHL doubleheader.

Behind the Mask with Mariah Fujimagari of the Buffalo Beauts | The Ice Garden
From Maine to Slovakia to Worcester, MA to Buffalo, Fujimagari’s backstopped all over the world.

The Boston Pride - Top Team In The National Women’s Hockey League - Faces Pivotal Season | WGBH
Private ownership of team and its best-in-the-league record stand out amid a season of changes.

Jr. Preds coach signs contract with NWHL team | Nashville Post
26-year-old signs with Connecticut Whale after finishing PTO

Riveters women’s pro hockey team finds a home at Montclair State | Montclair Local News
The Riveters are members of the five-year-old National Women’s Hockey League, the only remaining professional women’s ice hockey league in North America after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League folded last March. While the league and its five teams have been facing challenges, and despite rumors that have been floating around, Whitman Annis is confident that the league is not going anywhere.

PWHPA

From STEM to Sport: Kim Sass Thrives On & Off Ice | Victory Press
Pro women’s hockey goaltender Kimberly Sass thrives at the intersection of STEM and sport. An architect at HLW, Sass is also a member of the PWHPA and an ambassador for STEM education with various organizations.

Color of Hockey: Bolden breaking more barriers with Kings | NHL
He profiles Blake Bolden, a women’s professional hockey player who was hired by the Los Angeles Kings as a pro scout, likely making her the NHL’s first black female pro scout.

Women’s Hockey Notebook: Boston College alum Blake Bolden getting shot scouting for Kings | Boston Herald

Blake Bolden continues her pioneering role in hockey as scout for Kings | LA Times

NCAA

Polls: TIG // USCHO // USA Today

How to watch the Hockey East, WCHA, ECAC, CHA tournaments | The Ice Garden
Schedules and links for four of college hockey’s postseason tournaments

Beanpot MVP Chloé Aurard, a natural-born hockey player | The Huntington News
Growing up with two parents who played professional hockey in Europe, a brother who currently plays professional hockey in Europe, a sister who conveniently plays goalie and an ice pond to practice on, it was only natural for French-born Chloé Aurard to become one of the top 10 leading scorers in women’s college hockey. Like...

Women’s Division I College Hockey Weekend Wrap: February 24 | USCHO.com
Wisconsin eked out a tie to win the WCHA regular season crown outright and the NEWHA conference tournament was historic in more ways than one.

Women’s D-III weekend wrap: UCHC sees wild finish, Wisconsin-River Falls improves in PairWise | USCHO.com
The regular season is over and postseason conference tournaments start next weekend. Candace looks at some of the results on a wild last weekend of regular season play.

Norwich’s Conway earns third consecutive NEHC women’s hockey Player of the Year honor | USCHO.com
The NEHC women’s division has announced the recipients of the league’s major award winners, All-Conference and All-Rookie Teams. All honors were selected by the league’s nine head coaches (photo: Mark Collier/Norwich University).

Wednesday Women: Considering conference tournaments | USCHO.com
Nicole and Arlan breakdown the first round of ECAC, Hockey East and WCHA conference tournaments and talk about who might be named a Patty Kazmaier finalist.

Lindsay Eastwood’s Syracuse career defined by appreciation for every shift | At Even Strength
You might not know this judging by her stellar play on Syracuse’s blue line, but Lindsay Eastwood almost ended up a rower instead of a college hockey player. She came to the Orange in 2015 to play hockey. Fresh off a silver-medal finish with Canada’s Under-18 Team, she was a highly-touted player poised to make…

The Takeaway: LIU wins the NEWHA championship in their inaugural season | The Ice Garden
Playoff season is already well under way in NCAA Division I women’s hockey

USport

Top 10 Tuesday: Huskies ranked No.1 for first time in women’s hockey program history | U SPORTS

Five U SPORTS women's hockey teams to participate in World Championship pre-tournament | U SPORTS

ZhHL

2019-20 ZhHL Playoff Preview, Round 1, Part 1! | CONWAY'S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
In just a few hours, the opening faceoff of the Women's Hockey League's 2019-20 playoffs will take place, in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Home team Biryusa will be facing the two-time defending champions, and 2019-20 regular-season winners, Agidel Ufa in that semi-final; the other, between KRS Vanke Rays…

Rachel Llanes’ journey from role player to star | The Ice Garden
Llanes has stepped into the spotlight in the ZhHL while helping to mold the future of Chinese women’s hockey

Misc.

Winnipeg hockey player mulls chance at Olympics after four years at U.S. college | Winnipeg Free Press
Although she's nearing the end of her college hockey career, Kati Tabin is far from done with the game.

Team USA announces 2020 World Championships Roster | The Ice Garden
Highlighted by NCAA players and some notable snubs