Outdoor Women’s Classic
- As you’ve probably seen, the NHL announced that they would be hosting an Outdoor Women’s Classic, where the CWHL’s Les Canadiennes will play most of the NWHL’s Boston Pride, their roster supplemented with other NWHL players to take the place of players with national team commitments.
- If you’re going, please note that the women’s classic is not a separately ticketed event– you have to have a ticket to the NHL Alumni game to get in.
- If you were hoping to watch the Outdoor Women’s Classic from your own home, you’re probably going to be out of luck. According to Jen Neale of Puck Daddy, this event is not planned to be streamed or televised. There have been a couple reasons proffered– visuals, like Neale cites, too short a time-line to get rights issues/other complicating factors sorted out, and, what looks like it could be a continuing issue, the need to possibly cancel the Women’s Classic to preserve ice conditions for the NHL Winter Classic itself.
- Jen Neale talked further about the NHL’s involvement with women’s hockey with Susan Cohig. Cohig talked pretty extensively about how the NHL hopes to grow women’s hockey at a grassroots level, and focuses on getting girls into hockey. This is a great thing, but it’s also something that I find incomplete. Girls won’t stay in hockey if there isn’t a place to play after college, and focusing on getting girls into hockey without also focusing on the need for a paid league to work in as an adult is short-sighted. However, that’s an article for another day. 🙂
- Elliotte Friedman prefaced his 30 Thoughts piece on the NHL with a bit about the Outdoor Women’s Classic, and I thought it was worth reading.
Come Thursday, we’ll all enjoy the spectacle, appreciate that it happened, and move on. But, what everyone involved needs to do is start next year’s process right away. The outdoor game will kick off the NHL’s 100th anniversary season. … The [CWHL and NWHL] have to be a part of that, as it’s going to be a huge event.
Make sure your best players can be there.
- All that said about the Women’s Classic, it looks like there are concerns that the game might be canceled due to weather conditions and the need to keep the ice good for the NHL Winter Classic.
- Patrick Burke went on record with Jen Neale about the many, many complications of planning the Women’s Classic. I found this fascinating. I knew there were a lot of moving parts here, which is part of what’s been tempering my disappointment with this event, and the bumps in the road to it, but this really laid them out in a big way.
- If you’re going to be in Boston for the Winter Classic, or any reason, Stanley Cup of Chowder and Victory Press are putting on a little women’s hockey meet and greet this evening!
The NWHL is playing this weekend!
- The Buffalo Beauts @ the Boston Pride on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET in the Harvard Bright-Landry Center
- The Connecticut Whale @ the NY Riveters on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET in the Aviator Sports Center
Other NWHL News:
- In case you haven’t been following it, Sean Tierney has been making some cool visualizations out of the NWHL advanced stats that Carolyn Wilke has been pulling togeather. Check out his latest!
- As you probably saw, the Connecticut Whale GM, Harry Rosenholtz, resigned right before Christmas. Kate Cimini talked a bit about what’s going on there now, and how this loss has impacted the Whale, who lost their first game this past weekend.
The CWHL resumes play this weekend, after breaking for the holidays!
- Brampton Thunder @ Toronto Furies on Saturday, January 2nd, at 2:00 PM ET in the Mastercard Center
- Toronto Furies @ Brampton Thunder on Sunday, January 3rd, at 1:30 PM ET in the Memorial Arena This Game Will Be Streamed
- Boston Blades @ Les Canadiennes on Saturday, January 2nd, at 5:30 PM ET in the Bell Sports Complex This Game Will Be Streamed
- Boston Blades @ Les Canadiennes on Sunday, January 3rd, at 1:30 PM ET in the Bell Sports Complex
Other CWHL News:
- Check out Jashvina Shah’s Mid-Season Review of the CWHL! Only thing I’d disagree with is Shah’s choice of Spooner over Lacasse for MVP– while Spooner’s offensive outbreak has been great for Toronto, Lacasse’s presence in net is keeping the Blades basically in the league.
- Meaghan Mikkelson is cleared to play hockey again, after the birth of her baby! That’s going to be a nice gain for the Inferno.
Exactly 3 months from the day we brought home our little miracle, I am officially ready & clear to play hockey again. I have always liked the saying that “Anything worth having is not easy to get”, and now it carries a special meaning. The past 3 months have been some of the most challenging in my life as I strive to be the best mother and wife I can be while trying to make a comeback. So far it has not been easy but it has already been worth it. Thank you to my husband Scott, my family, sponsors, friends, Doctor and many more for your support as I strive to reach new goals. I have a lot of work left ahead but I have never been more inspired, determined, and motivated as I am now. Onward and upward with our beautiful child and the greatest support team I could ask for by my side! #comeback #hockeymom #blessed #thankful #determined
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