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The Wraparound: end of September

The usual every other week post of links to read from around women’s hockey.

Michelle Jay

In a non-COVID world, we’d be knee deep in preview content for North American college and pro leagues. In a COVID world, I’m just sad that its the end of the September and we still don’t have a clear picture on when we’ll see hockey. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Vote.

And also take Black Girl Hockey Club’s Get Uncomfortable Pledge. Renee Hess and the team at BGHC started an advocacy campaign this past week “to explore the necessary steps the sport must take to disrupt racism and make hockey welcoming for everyone.” I strongly encourage everyone to read about their work, and take the pledge. I have both for myself, and on behalf of TIG. It’s time to Get Uncomfortable.

If you only read a few things this week...

The Past Two Weeks have seen the IIHF cancel all of the 20218 U18 World Championships tournaments (which accounts for five of the 11 Worlds tournaments) but keep World Juniors. I got mad and then wrote about it. There’s also two great interviews with two North American players who play overseas: Canadian Lindsey Post in the SDHL in Sweden (who is a must watch goaltender) and American Alex Carpenter in the ZhHL in Russia. They touch on life in their countries, the league’s they play in, and other interesting details.

The IIHF’s U18 World decisions show a lack of care about the women’s game | The Ice Garden
For the last two years, the IIHF has done the U18 tournament, and the future of women’s hockey, wrong.

SDHL’s best goalkeeper loves life in Sweden | Hockey Sverige
She was named SDHL’s best goalkeeper last year and brought her big game SDE to her first playoffs. Now Lindsey Post is back in Sweden to try to help the team to even higher heights. And she thrives. Not least with the openness during the pandemic.

Ice Diaries: Alex Carpenter | ZhHL
Gillian Kemmerer caught up with Carpenter during quarantine to discuss the makings of her championship season. While the Vanke Rays will have a temporary new home in Stupino, Russia due to the COVID-19 crisis, they will find comforting familiarity in their leadership.

NCAA

Some teams are on the ice, some teams aren’t. Who knows anymore.

College hockey: One of best players in world, Clarkson’s Giguere avoids spotlight | nny360.com
POTSDAM — Elizabeth Giguere is one of the best young women’s hockey players in the world, but she doesn’t seem to realize it.

Women’s Hockey Notebook: Durocher looking for contributions from young defense group | WTBU Sports
The Boston University women’s ice hockey team returned to the ice at Walter Brown Arena this week as group skates and practices began for programs across the country.

‘I will be so thankful to be on the ice’ | News @ Northeastern
Alina Mueller, who is arguably the NCAA’s best women’s ice hockey player as a junior, is happy to be back on campus after six months at home in Switzerland.

COVID-19 brings Harvard hockey player home to Port Alberni | CHEK
Playing hockey at Harvard University feels a world away now for Maryna MacDonald

Duluth’s Bellamy a tremendous ambassador for Bulldogs, hometown | Duluth News Tribune
After playing and coaching at Harvard, the Duluth Denfeld graduate returned home to work on the coaching staff of the Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey program.

Jenny Potter to US Hockey Hall of Fame

Jenny (neé Schmidgall) Potter was named to the US Hockey Hall of Fame in the past two weeks as well. Her resume is outstanding and worthy of the Hall of Fame in Toronto as well.

Jenny Potter to be enshrined in U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame | The Ice Garden
Potter is the sole female in the Class of 2020

US Hockey Hall of Famer Jenny Potter among the pioneers of women's hockey to come through Bulldog hockey program | Duluth News Tribune
Potter was among the four-member U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020 announced Monday night. She played three seasons at Minnesota Duluth, winning a national championship in 2003.

Big decision went swimmingly for U.S. Hall of Fame nominee Jenny Potter | StarTribune.com
The Edina native always wanted to be an Olympian, and she struck gold by picking hockey over swimming as a teenager.

Misc.

Given the wildly uncertain times of hockey it’s been lighter than usual on the news and articles the last two weeks. So rather than break them out into leagues, I just dumped the rest into a giant list.

‘Girl hockey player’ from Dallas has two sons in the NHL | Oak Cliff
Ellen Weinberg-Hughes grew up in Dallas and was the only girl on her hockey team in the early 1980s.

Women’s hockey pioneer Lynn Olson honored with national award | StarTribune.com
The NHL praised Lynn Olson for the “relentless pursuit” of her goals.

IIHF cancels 2021 U18 World Championship tournaments, postpones Olympic Qualifying tournaments due to COVID-19 | The Ice Garden
A decision on the senior-level tournament has not been made yet.

Prince George lineswoman earning her stripes with BC Hockey | My Prince George Now
After officiating the two biggest games of her career so far, Prince George hockey official Danika Kroeker says the best is yet to come.

Bulbul Kartanbay on the Ups, Downs, and In-Betweens of North American Hockey | Victory Press
After two seasons working towards her goal of playing in a top North American league, Bulbul Kartanbay found her opportunity with the Metropolitan Riveters in 2019.

Phoebe Stänz talks Swiss Hockey, new challenges in the SWHL | The Ice Garden
Stänz returns to Switzerland after a brief return to the SDHL

Hockey in lockdown | IIHF
In British women’s hockey, a difficult summer brought plenty of challenges

Landslagsbacken: “Set to be here until Christmas”
The idea was that she would start her second year of college now. Instead, national team meritorious Paula Bergström is back in Sweden and the Modo she left before last season. And maybe, maybe there is a possibility that the top defender will remain throughout the season.

Dam Good: Veteran Danielle Stone has 5-point outburst for HV71 | The Ice Garden
This could be a big year for Stone and HV71.

Returning to Play with Purpose | CBC Sports
Go Out and Be Benders! - CBC Sports Player's Own Voice

ZhHL 2020-21 season start pushed to Oct. 3 | The Ice Garden
The Russian league’s start will be pushed back two weeks.

Rebecca Russo returns to Riveters | The Ice Garden
The Isobel Cup champion winger is back for a fourth season with the Riveters

All-Time Starting Lineup: Connecticut Whale | The Ice Garden
Who’s in the Pod’s Starting Six?

PWHPA Opens Exhibition Schedule | Victory Press
The PWHPA's New Hampshire and Minnesota regional teams played exhibition games against USPHL teams.

UPEI Panthers women's hockey team hopeful of playing games in 2021 | The Journal Pioneer
The UPEI Panthers’ women’s hockey team is back together, training for the unknown of what a season during a pandemic will bring.