Looking forward to the CWHL Draft!

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.

CWHL Expansion

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

CWHL Schedule?

We don’t have the full schedule yet, but Montreal’s twitter has confirmed their home opener as October 14th, vs the Boston Blades.

Other news!