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The Wraparound: March 20

Links from around women’s hockey

WHL play-off semifinal: KRS Vanke Rays Shenzhen 6 - 2 Tornado Moscow Region Photo by Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images

One week (and a day) ago seems like a month or even a year in the time of COVID-19. I honestly don’t remember what’s happened or more precisely, not happened since the last time I ran The Wraparound.

But here’s what I had saved for this week’s links in women’s hockey while trying to stay away from virus news as much as possible. Sometimes we all just need a little break from it.

If you only read one thing...

Princeton’s championship season cut impossibly short | At Even Strength
The last time the Princeton women’s hockey team beat the No. 1-ranked team in the country was on February 9, 2018. It was head coach Cara Morey’s first year at the helm of the program. They had a record of 10-11-4 and were fighting to get above .500 on the season. The Tigers had 14…

Misc.

An Important Year for Women’s Sports, Paused By Coronavirus | The New York Times
Female athletes already fight for money, screen time and other resources. Work stoppages over coronavirus concerns threaten opportunities to move forward.

Color of Hockey: Women making increasing impact | NHL.com
William Douglas has been writing The Color of Hockey blog for the past eight years. Douglas joined NHL.com in March 2019 and writes about people of color in the game. Today, he looks at the increasing number of women of color working in the NHL and throughout hockey.

At 80, Russian great grandmother fired up by passion for ice hockey | WTVB
When 80-year-old Valentina Fyodorova spotted a group of children skating across a fresh sheet of ice, she was determined to give it a try herself.

How Vicki Bendus went from NCAA superstar to sports performance expert | The Brock Press
Vicki Bendus, a lead sports performance coach with the Brock Badgers, went from NCAA superstar to coach.

Akwesasne woman takes on the boys in sled hockey | nny360.com
CANTON — Sarahlee Skidders took a hard hit in the second period of the Mountain Warriors’ sled hockey game with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday morning on the ice at

What to do while you’re social distancing: the women’s hockey edition | The Ice Garden
So you’re looking for some women’s hockey content to fill your time...

ZhHL

After spending two months on the road due to the coronavirus, Brian Idalski’s team wins WHL title | Grand Forks Herald

Ice Diaries: Notes on a Championship : News : Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
A reporter’s notebook from a season unlike any other for the KRS Shenzhen Vanke Rays. When the KRS Shenzhen Vanke Rays lifted the WHL Cup after a three-game sweep in Ufa last week, their victory represented an achievement far more universal than ...

NCAA

After season ends in NCAA cancellation, Badgers women’s hockey team takes the ice anyway | Wisconsin Badgers Hockey | madison.com
The Badgers were due to try to defend their 2019 NCAA title in the national tournament starting Saturday.

New conference championship winners show increased parity and are good for the game | USCHO.com
Editor’s note: At the time of publishing, NCAA quarterfinals were still scheduled to be played and teams were en route to the host universities. Sunday

Mercyhurst women deal with loss of chance to play in NCAA | GoErie.com

A simple kindness stuck with Saint Mary’s Wolf, who has repaid the favor many times over | College Hockey | USCHO.com
For Saint Mary’s junior Delaney Wolf, the time she has spent volunteering and serving her community has helped her create a home in Winona.

NWHL

Friday Five: NWHL Commissioner and Founder Dani Rylan | Front Office Sports
Rylan spoke with Front Office Sports Editor Ian Thomas about the league’s growth, what’s next, and postponing the championship game due to the coronavirus.

Despite postponement and uncertainty, NWHL MVP has faith Isobel Cup final will be played | The Hockey News
The NWHL had only one game left on its schedule, the Isobel Cup final, when the coronavirus outbreak hit the sporting world. League MVP Allie Thunstrom believes the game will still go on – but the delay presents its own set of unique circumstances.

The Making of the NWHL in NHL19 video game | The Ice Garden
I spent hours making the 2019-2020 NWHL in NHL19. Here’s how that went...