The Wraparound: June 20

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.

“The players are not without fault in this” | Hockey Sverige
Debates about the number of foreign players in the SDHL and the status of the Women’s Crowns take up gap meters in the media. Does Swedish women’s hockey work in the right direction? In an interview with, Damkronora’s legendary Maria Rooth gives her views on the matter.

Angela Ruggiero: ‘Shocking’ that more women aren’t NHL execs, coaches | ESPN
As the sole woman behind the bench in the 3ICE league, Ruggiero believes her role should clue in NHL teams to consider women for coaching and management positions.

Meet the professor helping people mobilize against racism in hockey | The Hockey News
Her love of the game led her to research. Her research inspired a policy paper calling out the establishment on hockey racism in Canada. The next step: a public Q&A, open for anyone to participate.

‘Uncomfortable and scared’: Abuse allegations inside the USA Hockey sled program | The Athletic ($)
The development teams’ former general manager is under investigation by Safesport, and a male player was suspended for his actions.


TXHT Interview with Brooke Wolejko | The Xperience Hockey Talk
TXHT sits down with Connecticut Whale goaltender Brooke Wolejko.

The Boston Pride part of a culture change in the NWHL | MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA
While recent weeks have highlighted several National Women’s Hockey League shortfalls from past seasons, those in the league have expressed satisfaction with how problem-solving has steadily improved within the league.

Great goaltending runs in the family for Stoughton’s Hanson clan | The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
Victoria Hanson of the Boston Pride and younger sister Elizabeth Hanson of Elmira College were both enjoying championship-level seasons until the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Making waves: Potential free agents for the Whitecaps | The Ice Garden
With only four players under contract for the 2020-21 season, who could the Whitecaps potentially be eyeing?

A new pod: the Connecticut Whale are shaping up to be a brand new team | The Ice Garden
Can strong returning core plus some new star power help them swim to the top of the league?

Getting to know Metropolitan Riveters head coach Ivo Mocek | The Ice Garden
Back for his second season behind the bench, Mocek talks about last season, this season, and more

Connecticut Whale: Captain Shannon Doyle Back For 1 Last Shot at Isobel | The Hockey Writers
Connecticut Whale captain Shannon Doyle: “Winning the Isobel Cup, for me personally, would really be a nice bookend or closure on a huge piece of my life.”

2020 NWHL Offseason News Story Stream | The Ice Garden
Keep up with all of the news before the NWHL drops the puck on season six.

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.


Jayna Hefford Q&A: head of the PWHPA talks future of the women’s game, NHL investment and more | The Hockey News
What’s next for the Dream Gap Tour? What’s the best path to one primary pro women’s league? Can the PWHPA and NWHL coexist? Hefford tackles a variety of women’s hockey issues in this interview.

Maddie Rooney, Olympic hockey star, moves to Centennial High School | NBC Sports
Maddie Rooney, the star goalie of the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team, received a surprise phone call that led to an unusual gig for a hockey star.

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.


Badger women’s hockey creates “Quaran-TV” show | WMSN
It’s called “the highest rated show on ice”, at least that’s what the Wisconsin women’s hockey team thinks about “Quaran-TV”. The show itself is simple. It’s a way to stay connected to their teammates during the COVID-19 pandemic and after 4 episodes the Badgers have a hit on their hands.

Badgers women’s hockey team sets record for crowd size in 2019-20 |
An average of 2,391 tickets were scanned for the Badgers’ 14 home games, 13% higher than the previous record set in 2016-17.

An Olympian as a Teenager, Cayla Barnes is Just Getting Started | USA Hockey
Barnes is eager to resume her career at Boston College and with the U.S. Women’s National Team

Ice hockey rules committee proposes overtime format change |
Recommendation calls for 3-on-3 overtime, followed by a three-person shootout in conference games, regular-season tournaments.

From the archives: Jamie Lee Rattray’s Patty Kazmaier Season | The Ice Garden
Rattray’s honor was one of many for the 2014 Golden Knights


New forms of play can result in fewer concussions |
Antal rapporterade hjärnskakningar har minskat jämfört med föregående säsong. Projektet svensk ishockeys nollvision ser positivt på nya spelformsprojektet som kan medföra färre hjärnskakningar framöver.

A Q&A with Johanna Olofsson | Hockey Sverige
“My best friend passed away in breast cancer just before the World Cup” After a season in Brynäs, it was clear that there would be no continuation in the Gävle Club for the heavily national team-backed slopes. (Translated)


Former SU forward Savannah Rennie to play in Germany over NWHL | Daily Orange
Even though the Connecticut Whale selected Rennie in the third round, she chose to sign with the Memmingen Indians in Germany's DFEL.

O’Leary made a tough call that was the right choice |
Five years ago Ali O’Leary was on top of the Massachusetts girls high school hockey world. As a junior, O’Leary was named the state’s top player while her Reading High

‘I knew I needed to keep playing:’ K-M grad Robinson to play pro hockey in Finland | Post Bulletin
Katie Robinson is one of the best players to ever play girls hockey for Dodge County. The recent University of Minnesota grad will, this fall, become the first Dodge County alum to play pro hockey.

“When they wanted to hoist the sweater, it felt surreal” | Hockey Sweden
She is one of the greatest Swedish hockey people ever had. With two Olympic medals, with the heroic deed in the 2006 semi-finals as a highlight, she was part of the Women’s Crowns period. Perhaps most of them all, even. Here Maria Rooth talks about her tremendous career.

VIDEO: Hockey at Home: Episode 9 - He Skates, She Skates - NHL YouTube
This week on #HockeyatHome Episode 9, J.T. Compher (Colorado Avalanche) and his sister, Jesse Compher (plays for Boston University), Darnell Nurse (Edmonton Oilers) and his cousin, Sarah Nurse (CWHL, Toronto Furies), Mike Matheson (Florida Panthers) and his wife, Emily Pfalzer Matheson (NWHL, Buffalo Beauts) join the show to discuss their relationships by blood or marriage and their shared passions for the game of hockey!

‘Enough is enough’: time for Canada to put discrimination on ice | Winnipeg Sun
She’s waited months for that familiar feeling of pulling skates onto her feet, the soothing sound of the blades cutting into fresh ice. It was freeing, in a way, for Brigette Lacquette to get back onto the ice with a hockey stick in her hands over the last several days.

Hockey Canada, USA Hockey can play role in diversifying sport early on | NBC Sports
Blake Bolden, Anson Carter and Jamal Mayers discuss the importance of welcoming players of all races in youth hockey and diversifying the sport early

Support from family, community helps female athletes overcome obstacles to participation | CBC Sports
According to a new report on female participation in Canadian sport, 43 per cent of adolescent girls said the quality of the experience was a barrier to staying in sport, whether it be a lack of programming or qualified coaching.

During the pandemic, mainstream media forgot about women's sports | Power Plays
#CoveringtheCoverage returns, and the data paints a devastating picture.

VIDEO: Hockey Pride: Harrison Browne and Jessica Platt on being transgender athletes |
Sportsnet's Donnovan Bennett sits down with Harrison Browne, the first publicly out transgender athlete in North American team sports, and Jessica Platt a transgender player with the CWHL's Toronto Furies.