Looking forward to the CWHL Draft!
Somehow, we’ve rolled around again to August, and that means things will soon be starting to move on the CWHL front. We’ve been very lazy on the blog front this summer (mainly because we’ve been very very busy elsewhere), so we figured we’d recap some of the upcoming events, and start to get women’s hockey back on our minds again.
The CWHL Draft
Player registrations are due for the Draft by August 12th, and new players will be signed on August 19th. Notably, this is only for new players– we probably won’t know who, of the players whose CWHL right are already taken, will sign with a CWHL team for the 2014-2015 season until closer to October.
Florence Schelling, for example, was drafted by Montreal, but has played for Brampton in the 2012-2013 season. With the 2014 Olympics and a bronze medal behind her, will she return to the CWHL or will she return to the Swiss leagues?
Another Olympic goaltender, Shannon Szabados, is returning to the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) for the 2014-2015 season. The Calgary Inferno has her CWHL rights, but she has yet to play for the team.
We’ll have more on who shakes out where as the season approaches.
Despite rumors that a potential new expansion team might be on board for the 2014-2015 season, there has been no official word yet on an expansion team, and with the Draft looming, it seems very unlikely that an expansion team will be playing this upcoming season. That doesn’t mean we won’t have an expansion team announced, however, and the Draft seems like the perfect time to us to announce it.
For further reading on the possibility of a CWHL expansion team, check out Pat Borzi of espnW’s excellent article on the different proposals, and Mike Burse of The Hockey Writer’s more in-depth look at the Minnesota proposal
We don’t have the full schedule yet, but Montreal’s twitter has confirmed their home opener as October 14th, vs the Boston Blades.
- Commissioner Andress of the CWHL was honored as a 2014 YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction.
- Members of the Toronto Furies marched in the Toronto Pride Parade with You Can Play
— Carolyne Prevost (@cprevost27) June 29, 2014
- The teaser for “Les Stars”, the Montreal Stars documentary by Jessica Desjardins, is out, and “Les Stars” is showing in limited screenings in Canada. Check out the Women’s Hockey Life write-up on the documentary for more information about “Les Stars” and Jessica Desjardins.
- Hilary Knight was the second CWHL player to be featured in the ESPN Body Issue! Check out espnW’s interview and behind the scenes footage and definitely check out the issue.
I had this idea that muscular isn’t feminine. There is this image of athletic women as small and petite — the yoga body type. Women in general, we tend to shrink ourselves and not have as much confidence as we should in presenting ourselves and our body types. It’s OK to be fit and healthy and comfortable within your body, whatever frame you have.
- Russia is starting a new women’s league! Russia is notable for having one of the only women’s pro hockey league that pays its players, although not very much. A February 2014 article in the New York Times claimed that players earned on average $1500 a month. This new Russian league is going to have very tight caps on imports of foreign players, with only three non-Russian players allowed per team. Check out more information on this new league at The Hockey Writers.