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The Wraparound: March 12

Links from around women’s hockey

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Meet the most controversial and misunderstood woman in hockey | Sportsnet
Often cast as a villain, NWHL founder Dani Rylan is focused on growing her league and building a brighter future for her sport despite the negative noise.

NWHL

NWHL postpones 2020 Isobel Cup Final | The Ice Garden
The game will be rescheduled in Boston at a later date.

Souhan: Winning Whitecaps keep commitment to grow women’s hockey | StarTribune.com
Comparing a startup women’s league with no television deal to established male sports is pointless. Whitecaps players see a chance to grow their game by attracting girls to hockey.

Whitecaps’ calming keeper Amanda Leveille takes aim at third Isobel Cup crown | TheHockeyNews
Minnesota Whitecaps netminder Amanda Leveille saw more shots and turned aside more rubber than any goaltender in the NWHL this season, and with two Isobel Cups and four trips to the final under her belt, she has a chance to make league history Friday in Boston.

Junior Predators Coach Plays in NWHL, Leads Youth Female Players | NHL.com
Allie Lacombe’s schedule already contained plenty of entries.

PWHPA

The Greater Game: Reflecting on 20 years of the old hockey game | Sydney Kidd
You tighten your ponytail and pull on your helmet. For a little girl joining her boys team on the ice in small town Northern Ontario, the empty dressing room serves as a proverbial echo-chamber of…

NCAA

Polls: TIG // USCHO // USA Today

Women's Division I College Hockey: It's time to make a separate Goaltender of the Year award | College Hockey | USCHO.com
It's nearly impossible for a goalie or defender to win the Patty Kazmaier, so it's time to talk about what to do to fix it.

Record-setting, Olympic gold-medalist Maddie Rooney still has unfinished business as Bulldogs goalie | Duluth News Tribune
The senior netminder has yet to win a league or national title at UMD, but she hopes to change that over the next three weeks starting this weekend at the WCHA Final Faceoff in Minneapolis.

Women’s D-III: Conference finals set NCAA tournament matchups | USCHO.com
The results of the conference tournaments have set the field for the NCAA tournament, which begins play this week. Candace Horgan recaps the weekend action.

Sidelines: Colby College women’s hockey team enjoys drastic turnaround season | CentralMaine.com
Mules were close to making NCAA tournament a year after some struggles, writes Travis Barrett.

How NCAA women’s hockey players are creating their own content | The Ice Garden
Why efforts like those from Cornell’s Finley Frechette and Syracuse’s Lindsay Eastwood are important in the greater women’s hockey media landscape

Women’s D-III: Previewing the NCAA tournament first round | USCHO.com
The first-round NCAA tournament games Wednesday offer intriguing matchups between closely matched teams. Candace Horgan previews the round.

Wednesday Women: Predicting the Frozen Four field | USCHO.com
Arlan and Nicole dissect the conference tournaments and look ahead to the NCAA quarterfinal pairings.

The Takeaway: Princeton and Ohio State win first-ever conference titles | The Ice Garden
Northeastern takes home another Hockey East championship; Mercyhurst is your CHA winner

USport

Cavendish Farms Women’s Hockey Championship Preview: Alberta Pandas named No. 1 seed ahead of national tournament | U SPORTS
U SPORTS is the national governing body of university sport in Canada.

SDHL

Brynäs IF’s Lara Stalder to be awarded with the Guldhjälmen (gold helmet)
This season, the award was introduced also in the SDHL, the main women’s league, making Lara Stalder the first woman to win it.

Lara Stalder writes history in Sweden | IIHF
Swiss forward gets golden helmet as first MVP of Sweden’s women’s hockey league SDHL

ZhHL

KRS Vanke Rays! | CONWAY’S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
The season is done, and the Women’s Hockey League has a new champion! KRS Vanke Rays Shenzhen, who joined the league just last summer after a couple of campaigns in the CWHL, finished off a three-game Final sweep of defending champions Agidel Ufa earlier today with a 4-2 victory in the decider. Read…

Misc.

How Sidney Crosby has helped grow girls’ hockey in North America | The Athletic
”Crosby’s Girls” are an enduring symbol of the Penguins star’s commitment to youth hockey.

Behind the scenes of the first-ever all-women NHL broadcast | ESPN
The Blues-Blackhawks game on Sunday night made NHL history for a U.S. broadcast. We check in with the women at various levels of the production.

2020 World Championships in Canada officially canceled due to coronavirus | The Ice Garden
The 10-team tournament was slated to start on March 31.

Women’s hockey and COVID-19 | The Ice Garden
As the response to the novel virus changes, we’ll keep you updated on how women’s hockey games are impacted