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The Wraparound: March 26

Gritty and women in hockey

NHL: FEB 06 Devils at Flyers Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This week’s “If You Only Read One Thing” isn’t about women’s hockey but rather women in hockey, specifically a look at the women in high places in the Flyers organization.

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Flyers’ women leaders: From business president and CFO to Gritty’s voice and Rage Room creator | Inquirer.com
The Flyers have taken strides to show they are committed to gender inclusion. On the business side of things, input from men and women carry equal weight.

NWHL

NWHL Record Book

Buffalo Beauts Season Review | Victory Press
The NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts definitely experienced a lot of growing pains this season, with an almost-entirely new roster and a new coaching staff.

Beauts’ Ashley Birdsall helping Army National Guard deal with Covid-19 pandemic | The Buffalo News
Ashley Birdsall isn’t playing a game.

PWHPA

‘You can’t become what you can’t see’: Women’s hockey comes to Tempe | Cronkite News
Some of the best women’s hockey players showcased their skills to fans in Tempe. Many hope this will inspire more growth for girls’ hockey in Arizona.

NCAA

2019-20 UMD women’s hockey season wrap up: Cancellation of NCAA tournament forces Crowell to change perspective on bid Bulldogs missed out on | Duluth News Tribune
UMD’s goal in 2019-20 was to not only play in the NCAA tournament but make a run at a national championship during the final go-around of its star-studded senior class. The Bulldogs fell short of those goals, but they weren’t the only school that missed out on those dreams.

The Takeaway: Closing thoughts | The Ice Garden
Hockey is canceled and everything is stressful and bad

USports

Dashed dreams: Varsity Blues veterans talk nationals cancellations amid COVID-19 pandemic | The Varsity
Graduating athletes cherish accomplished university careers, despite disappointing end

SDHL

SDHL Summary 19/20: Head coach Madeleine Östling, Linköping HC | SDHL.se
It’s time to close the 2019/20 season, but before we do that, we’ll do a summary of each team’s performance this season and have also asked five questions to the head coach. Next in turn we have Linköping.

SDHL Summary 19/20: Head Coach Jared Cipparone, AIK | SDHL.com
It’s time to close the 2019/20 season, but before we do that, we’ll do a summary of each team’s performance this season and have also asked five questions to the head coach. Next in turn we have AIK.

SDHL Summary 19/20: Head coach Oscar Annell, Gothenburg HC | SDHL.se
It’s time to close the 2019/20 season, but before we do that, we’ll summarize each team’s performance this season and have also asked five head coaches. First off we have Gothenburg HC and Oscar Annell.

Misc.

Through China, Russia and a hockey title, Verona's Claudia Kepler builds a stockpile of stories | Wisconsin Badgers Hockey | madison.com
Former Badgers captain Claudia Kepler of Verona has found that quarantine is a great time for reflection on the unique journey her Chinese pro hockey team faced this season.

Ice Diaries: Brian Idalski | WHL
There are head coaching debuts, and then there are baptisms by fire. I think it is fairly obvious which category Brian Idalski’s inaugural WHL season would fall into, one that featured both a global pandemic that rendered his team homeless, and a fai ...

Debut delayed: Rising women’s hockey star goes from world stage to home alone | The Athletic
Two weeks ago Victoria Bach was looking forward to making her women’s worlds debut, now she’s at home and wondering what her future holds.

Color of Hockey: Scott makes history in Ontario Hockey League | NHL Color of Hockey
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 profiles Kiana Scott, the first woman scout hired by an Ontario Hockey League team.

Kendall Coyne Schofield’s home workouts providing structure during the hockey world’s shutdown | ESPN
The U.S. women’s hockey star is staying in shape — and helping her NFL free-agent husband do the same — while self-quarantining near Chicago.

An Unofficial Ranking of Hilary Knight’s Best Instagram Pictures | The Ice Garden
We can all agree her Instagram game is basically unmatched.

Editors Note: I’ll probably drop The Wraparound to an every other week column soon as women’s hockey news typically slows around now anyway, but given the current climate, has definitely slowed already.

Stay home, wash your hands, help flatten the curve!