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The Wraparound: end of July

Technically, it’ll be Aug. 1 when you see this but still.

NHL Black History Month Truck Tour Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

The past two weeks brought return to play news for the NWHL and Hockey East, the Whale jerseys, and must read on Black women’s voices in hockey.

If you only read one a few things...

I guess maybe I should change the name of this section during the off season because there’s rarely only one piece in here when I look back at two weeks.

Why true change for hockey depends on listening to Black women | Sportsnet
With the hockey world starting to face its failings around racial equality, Black women’s voices are key to this moment of reflection sparking real change.

The prevalence and growth of women’s hockey across the globe | The Ice Garden
Quantifying where the women’s game is most present and most changing

NWHL

Q&A with Kaleigh Fratkin: NWHL defender of the year | NHelas
Com uma carreira em diversas modalidades e nomeada NWHL Defensor of the Year, a jogadora do Boston Pride, Kaleigh Fratkin bateu um papo com o NHeLas.

Minnesota Whitecaps: Audra Richards’ Season in Review | The Hockey Writers
“I think a lot of her success this past year is the culmination of how hard she works.” Allie Thunstrom on Whitecaps teammate Audra Richards.

NWHL to start 2020-2021 season in January 2021 | The Ice Garden
The league will start its sixth season late due to the pandemic.

Trio of Whale players host Summer Skills clinics for girls | The Ice Garden
Earlier this week, three players from the Connecticut Whale held the first of many Summer Skills clinics at the former home of the Whale - Terry Conners Rink in Stamford, Connecticut. The hour-long...

Connecticut Whale’s jersey for 2020-21 season revealed on NWHL Open Ice | The Ice Garden
A new look for one of the Founding Four teams

2020–21 NWHL Signing Tracker | The Ice Garden
Keep track of who signs ahead of season six of the NWHL
We’ll keep including this every time so you can keep track of the signings, especially since our roster recaps run on opposite weeks from this, so those will always be a week behind.

PWHPA

After a break, Johnston eager to keep growing the game | Sudbury Star
Even for a consummate competitor like Rebecca Johnston, a break from the game can be welcome.Though the Sudbury native certainly wasn’t expecting an abrupt halt to the hockey season back in March, due to the rapidly worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the pause gave her some time to rest, reflect and...

2020-21 PWHPA Tracker | The Ice Garden
Keep up as the PWHPA announces the players who will be joining the organization for their second season.
We’ll keep including this every time so you can keep track of the signings, especially since our roster recaps run on opposite weeks from this, so those will always be a week behind.

NCAA

Gophers’ incoming recruiting class ranked No. 1 in women’s hockey | StarTribune.com
Abbey Murphy, a forward from the Chicago Mission, is ranked the nation’s top recruit. Maggie Nicholson, a defenseman from Minnetonka High School, is No. 3

Utica College’s Clausen not surprised by UCHC postponement | Times Telegram
The UCHC on Friday night decided it would be postponing all conference competition for women’s and men’s ice hockey until at least Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. The President’s Council voted unanimously to postpone play due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced several other colleges and conferences to alter

Mia Biotti Continues Family Tradition at Harvard | USA Hockey
After winning gold medal with Team USA, Cambridge native looks ahead to Harvard

Zoe Hickel joins Ohio State coaching staff | The Ice Garden
She expands her extensive hockey resume in the newest role.

Hockey East intends to play 2020-21 season | The Ice Garden
The 10-team conference will prioritize conference play.

SDHL

“In the beginning, it sometimes felt like we were barely welcome” | Hockey Sweden
She has played the TV puck for Gotland and gone out into the country to Brynäs via Modo. Now Hanna Rylander dreams of the chance to win a Swedish Championship gold with the hard-working club in Gävle. Also a club undergoing transformation when it comes to women’s hockey.

The legend is ready for a sequel in HV71 | Hockey Sverige
On Tuesday morning , the club announced that the former great defender, as well as goalkeeping coach Adam Bengtsson, has extended his contract by another year.

Ends - after almost 300 SDHL matches | Hockey Sverige
Another SDHL player announces that her career is over. On social media, Djurgården’s defender Sophie Johansson writes that she is retiring.

This is how the SDHL team has recruited | Hockey Sverige
The SDHL team is starting to take shape more and more for next season.

ZhHL

VIDEO: Ekaterina Lebedeva leaves Agidel

Agidel completed the first stage of the preseason | Women’s Hockey League
Ufa “Agidel” returned to Ufa from the sports complex “Zvezdny”, where the traditional training camps of the team were held.

Misc.

Family Matters: Support Helps Matheson in Golden Career | USA Hockey
A four-time world champion, Matheson is looking forward to making her second Olympic appearance.

Pop Culture Power Rankings: Avatar edition | The Ice Garden
How would everyone’s favorite Team Avatar members fare on skates?