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The Wraparound: end of August

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An NHL game from early August with the phrase “end racism” on the screens...
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This week, we saw the WNBA, NBA, MLS, MLB, and, eventually, the NHL go on strike in response to police shooting Jacob Blake. The top of the link round up is links about that, from my own words about what women’s hockey needs to do to some must reads from others in the SBNation NHL and women’s sports sphere.

There’s also a YouTube link to a panel discussion that includes Renee Hess of Black Girl Hockey Club. Plus Saroya Tinker, Blake Bolden, and Sarah Nurse are somehow still not part of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, a glaring issue for the HDA that’s been pointed out since the organization was created.

In the US, it’s election season, and one way to make an impact is to vote. Vote.org has resources to help you both on their site, but also can point you to state level sites. Local elections matter so get informed and make your voice heard.

Sports Respond to Racial Injustice

It is time for more | The Ice Garden
Women’s hockey should be watching and learning, and ready.

Words from a Black Blogger: 0 steps forward and 100 steps back for the NHL | Pension Plan Puppets
Here we are again.

Why Sports As Escapism Is The Very Reason Opting Not To Play Gets Attention For Racial Injustice | Defending Big D
“We can talk all we want, but until we do something, it’s all just words.”

NWSL lags far behind WNBA in social justice efforts | All For XI
NWSL players aren’t listening to their Black teammates as a united front, and that’s a problem.

SDHL

“When I was about to call my loved ones, I broke down and started crying”
Last week, the news came that one of the Swedish top players in SDHL, Hanna Olsson, had torn off the cruciate ligament.

Moves to Djurgården - to join JVM
She made her debut in Södertälje already as a 13-year-old. Now 15-year-old Alice Wallin moves to Djurgården - with a couple of clear goals in sight.

Summer talk in SDHL: Erika Grahm, Brynäs IF - SDHL.se
Summer is here in the elongated country of Sweden and the hockey season feels as usual this time of year very far away. To remedy the longing to see the players go on the ice, we now take the players to the headphones through “Summer talk in SDHL”. And last out is Erika Grahm, Brynäs IF.

Former SDHL club resurfaces - major player becomes coach
Sundsvall / Timrå is back! After closing down the women’s investment in 2016, the club is now re-emerging in division 2.

The national team goalkeeper is forced to be quarantined in the USA | Hockey Sverige
Emma Söderberg would actually start her third college season in September. Due to the corona pandemic, however, she is forced to be quarantined in Minnesota, USA and it is unclear when she will be able to start the 2020/21 season with her University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Now the 16-year-old can play with the superstars
She is one of Sweden’s most promising slopes - and now gets the chance in major investment Brynäs. Sofia Ljung is one of many promising players who made the move to Gävle, where she now gets to play with big stars like Lara Stalder and Maja Nylén Persson.

Corona stops college plans - stays in Sweden
National team player Sofie Lundin would actually have played college hockey next season. But Corona has put sticks in the wheel and now the 20-year-old will remain in Djurgården.

ZhHL

ZhHL releases 2020-2021 schedule | The Ice Garden
KRS Vanke Rays will also have a new home.

Krasnoyarsk team continues preparations for the season | Women’s Hockey League
The press service of the Krasnoyarsk team dropped by for the Biryusa ice training session at Pervomaiskiy and talked to the head coach Alexander Vedernikov.

SKSO continues preparations for the season | Women’s Hockey League
The head coach of the SCSO on the first stage of preparation for the upcoming WHL season.

The Russian women’s national team has started the first training camp | Women’s Hockey League
On August 14, the Russian women’s national team gathered at the Novogorsk training center, where the first training camp will take place, which will take place until August 23.

KRS Vanke Rays are also announcing returning players on their Twitter account. Alex Carpenter announced her return a bit ago and the team said defender Qi Xueting, forward Rachel Llanes, forward Huo Cui, and forward Leah Lum will also be back with the team.

NWHL

Eastwood learning the media ropes in the NHL Playoffs bubble | The Ice Garden
Eastwood, a Cuse grad and Toronto Six player, is working as a correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times

Whale announce Amy Scheer as new General Manager | The Ice Garden
She’ll take over for former player Bray Ketchum.

Beauts’ great Buie signs with Whitecaps | The Ice Garden
Corinne Buie returns home, signs with Minnesota Whitecaps

From Plainfield to the pros: Lisa Chesson’s rise and return to hockey | The Ice Garden
From the suburbs of Chicago to the Vancouver Olympics, Lisa Chesson’s hockey career has taken her all over North America. We sat down with the defender to reminisce, and preview her return to the NWHL.

Practice a welcome return to normality for Toronto Six players | The Ice Garden
The newest NWHL team has finally taken to the ice together.

Buffalo Beauts: Forward Erin Gehen’s Season In Review | The Hockey Writers
Erin Gehen is ready for the upcoming NWHL season: I plan on winning the Isobel Cup this year with my team. We want to bring it back to Buffalo.

VIDEO: Buffalo Women’s Hockey Pros Prepare for Uncertain Futures | News 4 Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue in Toronto and Edmonton, the Sabres aren’t the only Buffalo hockey pros itching to get back on the ice. “We want to bring an Isobel Cup back home to Buffalo,” Buffalo Beauts General Manager Nate Oliver said. The Beauts’ 2019-20 campaign came to an end in the […]
This also talks about the PWHPA with Greco.

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

“Pedal to the floor” despite the uncertainty | La Presse +
Pas mal tous les secteurs inimaginables ont souffert des conséquences de la pandémie. À moins d’avoir un entourage exclusivement composé de travailleurs dans le domaine du désinfectant pour les mains, tout le monde conn

PWHPA announces partnership with EOS, Parity | The Ice Garden
The goal is for players to have more sponsorship opportunities.

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

Holy Cross hockey squads ready to hit the ice upon return to campus | telegram.com
Video posted to Twitter last weekend of the Hart Center’s new ice sheet being painted was quite popular (550,000 views) among Holy Cross hockey fans and followers, and the clip held promise for the Crusaders men’s and women’s coaches and players, who are hopeful of playing their upcoming seasons.

Misc.

The Hockey Hall of Fame isn’t doing enough to recognize women’s hockey | The Ice Garden
Eight women in 11 years isn’t good enough.

U.S. Women’s National Team Program is Focused on the Season Ahead | USA Hockey
As the 2020-21 hockey season approaches and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games less than two years away, the U.S. Women’s National Team Program is not wasting any time improving and dialing in their training methods.