The Wraparound: end of October

A supersized edition of links from around women’s hockey!

This ended up being a supersized Wraparound as a lot happened news wise! A quick round up: Meghan Duggan retired, the NWHL has a new commissioner, the NCAA announced the next batch of Frozen Four sites, and the PWHPA got $1 million and announced their rosters.

Duggan has her own section because there was a lot of good writing about her and her career. I called out one in specific in the “if you only read a few things” but the one by The Athletic is worth a read too (sorry it’s paywalled!).

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

In my opinion all four of these pieces are required reading. Erin Ambrose talks about mental health. Sarah Nurse on race, representation, and opportunity. We had a guest post by a 15 year old who is petitioning Mattel for USA Hockey Barbie. Eleni, one of TIG’s social medid managers, wrote a touching tribute to how Duggan impacted the course of her life to become a lawyer.

In My Own Words: Erin Ambrose | Hockey Canada
I have always been that kid who plays hockey, and for as long as I can remember I have struggled with thinking that others see me as only that. Do people look at me as Erin Ambrose the hockey player, the girl whose life revolves around hockey?

I Belong Here | The Park Journal
Sarah Nurse is a trailblazer. As one of Hockey’s brightest stars, Sarah discusses the importance of representation and equal opportunity in the game, and how she has had to make space for herself with the help of her peers.

If you can see it, you can be it: the story behind a petition to Mattel for a USA Hockey Barbie | The Ice Garden
In a guest post by a young hockey player, she talks about why she’s asking Mattel for more options.

What Meghan Duggan’s Career meant to me | The Ice Garden
It’s a lot bigger than just the hockey.

Duggan’s retirement

As she retires, ‘queen of ice hockey’ Meghan Duggan says she found what she needed with the Badgers |
Meghan Duggan won three NCAA titles with the Badgers and played in three Olympics with the U.S., captaining the 2018 gold medal-winning team.

‘It’s been my life:’ How Meghan Duggan transformed hockey and those around it | The Athletic ($)
Her accomplishments on the ice fill 15 pages. But Meghan Duggan’s impact off the ice was just as strong.

Former Teammates Reflect on Meghan Duggan’s Career | USA Hockey
Duggan left a lasting impact on teammates beyond all the winning they did together

Meghan Duggan’s Five Favorite Hockey Memories | USA Hockey


The goalkeeper talent writes history
Frida Axell becomes historic. The 19-year-old goalkeeper talent today became the first player from Gothenburg HC to be selected in Damkronorna’s squad.

Rooth: “Brynäs can do even better” | SVT
Brynäs tops the table in SDHL, but can be even better, according to SVT expert Maria Rooth

“Feel that this is really where I want to be”
Heini Lundin moved to Sweden from Finland when she was 15 years old. After that, she has been involved in starting up Gothenburg HC and been involved in the entire journey up to SDHL. Now the 39-year-old is also taking over as the club’s new head coach.

“It has been received with immense delight”
When Modo’s women’s team arrived at Fjällräven Center on Monday, they were met by a real surprise. A brand new changing room as part of the club’s gender equality work.

Marie’s last wish: Help Luleå / MSSK | Aftonbladet
In four months, Marie Hellqvist, 47, fell ill and died. Last summer there was a letter with five wishes. Now the Scanian woman’s last wish for Luleå’s hockey ladies has been fulfilled.

Brynäs team captain suffered a concussion
Brynäs big star and team captain Erika Grahm has missed the last three matches.


PWHPA announces $1 million commitment from Secret Deodorant | The Ice Garden
The organization also announced plans for the season.

Deodorant company gives women’s hockey $1M | ESPN
Secret Deodorant is backing women’s professional hockey with a $1 million donation.

The PWHPA’s second season gets a shot of optimism | Eyes On The Prize
Secret’s million dollar investment was the latest sign of growth in women’s sports.

PWHPA releases 2020-21 regional rosters | The Ice Garden
Plus some general notes on the rosters


NWHL changes governance structure, including new Commissioner in Tyler Tumminia | The Ice Garden
Dani Rylan Kearney, the founder and original commissioner, will have a new role.

TIG Roundtable: Reactions to the changes in the NWHL | The Ice Garden
On Tuesday, the NWHL announced a change in their governance structure. Tyler Tumminia is the new commissioner, and Dani Rylan Kearney is the President of an investor group that owns Minnesota,...

Ranking the best NWHL goaltending set-ups | The Ice Garden
Granted the freedom to design their goaltending gear, hockey goalies can be some of the most fashionable players on the ice. We took a look at the top five best set-ups in NWHL history.

Riveters acquire Kelly Babstock from Six in trade for two draft picks | The Ice Garden
The Rivs just got a lot scarier with this trade

Digit Murphy named head coach of Toronto Six | The Ice Garden
The two-time Clarkson Cup champion coach will be splitting her time as team president and head coach of the NWHL’s newest franchise

‘The NWHL has reignited that fire in me’: Elena Orlando on her five seasons in the NWHL | The Ice Garden
An Original NWHL player, the league has taken her to from New York to Japan to Danbury.

Banner says it all: Boston Pride hockey team makes its mark | Boston Business Journal
The Boston Pride hockey team have hung their championship banners at Logan Airport, capping the team’s first year of independent ownership — a first in the National Women’s Hockey League.


New faces, some familiar, excite Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey | Q30 Television
The player who put up the fourth-most points in Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey history has moved onto the NWHL. The name, however, has returned to the university for another four years. First-year defenseman Maddy Samoskevich joins the Bobcats this year, following in her older...

Huskies Create Opportunity to Grow Women’s Hockey | Northeastern University Athletics
At seven years old, Kendall Coyne Schofield attended former Olympic standout, Cammi Granato’s ice hockey camp in the hope to continue the pursuit of her dream to

The Frankel File | The Red & Black
The Story behind One of the Top Goalies in Women’s Hockey By Becca Gaddy

Captain Cappy | The Red & Black
The Unheralded Backbone Behind the Winningest Team in Women’s Hockey By Huy Nguyen

Badgers will host 2024 NCAA cross country nationals but lose out on volleyball, women’s hockey bids |
UW’s bid with Tampa, Florida, to host the Men’s Frozen Four was selected for 2023 along with St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2024, St. Louis in 2025 and Las Vegas in

NCAA names Women’s Frozen Four host sites for 2023-26 | The Ice Garden
Only one of these cities has a Raising Cane’s


Women’s hockey players hope to bring attention to pro game on Battle of the Blades | CBC Sports
With the future of professional women’s hockey in flux, a trio of Canadians are set to strap on their skates to compete in CBC’s Battle of the Blades. Meghan Agosta, Jennifer Botterill and Jessica Campbell will make their figure skating debuts next Thursday when the sixth season of the show premieres.

“Not as fun to run as to skate”
Ella Albinsson chose between football and hockey before she decided to invest fully in ice hockey.

Mona Ao: “We fell in love with Russia after this season” | Women’s Hockey League
Interview with Mona Ao, President of Kunlun Red Star Vanke Rays, from WHL Anniversary Edition.

Our voices, her future | Hockey Canada
To celebrate International Day of the Girl, some of the most influential women in the game share their vision for the future and how we can get there.

USA Hockey invites 53 players to National Team evaluation camp | The Ice Garden
A five-day camp in Minnesota is part of the process to pick the 2021 Worlds roster.