This hockey season I had the pleasure of covering many different facets of women’s hockey. From the NCAA, to the NWHL, to the CWHL, and even some pre-Olympic coverage. This year I was really struck by the amount of skill I saw at all levels of play. From Concordia Stingers forward Marie-Pascale Bernier picking the top corner against Northeastern, to Lauren Dahm stoning Alex Carpenter, to Emily Pfalzer scoring the lone US goal at the pre-Olympic scrimmage between Team USA and Team Canada in Boston; all of these women showed immense skill. These women can play, and they deserve to be recognized for it.
I believe that the intensity of the Olympic rivalry between Canada and the USA has put a spotlight on women’s hockey this year. Much like the U.S. Women’s 1999 World Cup win did for soccer, I truly feel that the national team’s gold medal victory in PyeongChang this year will provide a boost to the visibility of the sport. The youth of today will be the pros of the future.
Organizations like The Ice Garden will be paramount to the overall success of women’s hockey. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to do my little part to help grow the game alongside such an amazing group of people.
Thank you for watching, and I hope you enjoy some of my best photos from this season.