Top Shelf Podcast Episode 7: The Pirates Code

The CWHL gets its first openly trans player, Team USA and Team Canada goes head-to-head, and Hannah officially retires from #StumpHannah (not really).

Hello and welcome to Top Shelf, where we keep the hot takes and the hard liquor!

This is a podcast where Michelle Jay and Hannah Bevis have a couple drinks, get a little tipsy, and talk about the biggest stories in women’s hockey. We’ll be talking about a little bit of everything on this podcast from the NCAA to the NWHL and CWHL to U Sports and SDHL and AWIHL and whatever else comes up.

We’re on iTunes now too! You can find us under the Founding Four Podcast channel - currently we’re still sharing a Soundcloud account (but we do have our own Top Shelf playlist on it now). We’re going to try and figure out how to get each podcast its own channel, but for now you can find everything there (and really, you should listen to both of them, because they’re both wonderful).

In this episode of Top Shelf, Hannah and Michelle talk about Jessica Platt, the first openly transgender player in the CWHL, who you might have heard about (and Ella Licari, a transgender goalie in the AWIHL you might not have heard of), the CWHL’s import rule and how it applies to Kunlun, and the Team USA/Team NWHL series in Florida. Also, Hannah makes Michelle really mad at her and we answer mailbag questions about Cayla Barnes and why the heck Robb Stauber ACTUALLY cut Megan Bozek and Alex Carpenter.

This is the article from Katie Barnes about Jessica Platt that we mention in the podcast. Seriously, go read it.

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(A note, there IS some swearing on this podcast. We try to keep it PG. It mostly works.)