Mid-Week Link Round-Up: Reflections on the Olympics, looking forward to more women’s hockey.
- Nicole Haase, of the SB Nation blog Bucky’s 5th Quarter, covering the Wisconsin Badgers in all their forms, wrote an interesting profile piece on Ilana Friedman, a goalie on the UW-Madison women’s hockey team. Friedman has been getting a lot of attention for being an out female athlete, but the more interesting thing I found in Haase’s article was Friedman’s perspective on her role as an agent of change, not only as an out player, but as a Badger and a woman playing college hockey. Also her attitude towards fan engagement with women’s college hockey, even as someone playing at a school with some of the top regular attendance numbers, was a nice bit of perspective for me, someone who is used to the level of engagement Minnesota brings to their Gophers.
- Another piece on Team Japan, in the wake of the Olympics. Some stuff I hadn’t seen before about their assistant coach, Carla McLeod, and her work with the team. I’m not sure if McLeod is officially part of Hockey Canada and USA Hockey’s outreach work to the non-North American teams to help improve their training, but she may be a demonstration of how a national team can really use those resources to work on closing the gap in women’s hockey.
- I’ve been seeing some interesting reports about how much the Olympic hockey was streamed this year. The New York Times has an article about the NBC streaming numbers, and the Globe and Mail has an article that touches on the record-setting numbers that the CBC was seeing for streaming hockey as well. This is really heartening to me to see. I’m really hoping that the adoption of the streaming medium can increase interest in more regular season women’s hockey, especially with the CWHL and some colleges already streaming coverage of some of their games.
- Slllllightly off topic, but March 1st is USA Hockey’s “Try Hockey for Free” day. Part of USA Hockey’s efforts to grow the sport, kids can try hockey for free at a variety of locations– you can find more info here.
- Many adult leagues ALSO have similar efforts– for example, the AHA, a Minnesota adult rec league local to me, has a try hockey day specifically aimed at women on March 1st. If you’re an adult in the US and at all interested in trying out hockey, I’d encourage you to do some Googling and see if your local league has anything similar.
We are only now having the heart to go read a lot of the gold medal game related articles, but we swear, we’re working on our retro of the Olympics. Our coverage of the CWHL streaming game on Sunday may be a bit spotty; one of us is traveling again on Sunday, and the other is working, but we’ll see what we can do.