All-Star Game Weekend Preview: Who, What, Where, When, & How to Follow

This weekend, we have not one but two All-Star Games! What an embarrassment of riches.

CWHL All-Star Game

  • Teams will be picked by the two captains, Julie Chu and Natalie Spooner, on Friday night. The captains were chosen previously by fan-vote. The 2016 Frozen Fantasy Draft will be held on Friday January 22nd 2016 from 7 to 10pm at the Hilton Toronto.
  • See the full pool of players and other information here.
  • The All-Star Game itself will be on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 1 PM ET the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
  • The game itself will be three full twenty-minute periods of hockey.
  • You can watch the game on Sportsnet, at 3 PM ET.  Don’t know yet about any options for streaming or television outside of the Sportsnet zone.

NWHL All-Star Game

  • Saturday, you can Skate With The Stars as part of the All-Star Weekend Package.
  • On Sunday, the NWHL All Star Game will happen at 2 PM in the HarborCenter, in Buffalo, New York.
  • Hilary Knight and Buffalo-area native Emily Pfalzer each captain a team– check out the rosters at the NWHL’s All-Star Game page!
  • Each team will also have an All-Star Kid Coach! Meet the kids who’ll be on the bench here.
  • The NWHL All-Star Game will consist of a skill competition, and a brief game of 4 on 4.
  • We’re hoping this game will be streamed, but aren’t sure– more details as we know them.

Follow along with Angelica and Erin, who will both be at both the NWHL and CWHL All-Star Games!

  • You can find Angelica on Twitter @ReinaDeLaIsla, Instagram, and on Snapchat and Periscope under ReinaDeLaIsla.
  • You can find Erin on Twitter @ekbartus and on Snapchat under ekbartus.

Weekly News: Outdoor Classic fallout, Laing injury, You Can Play games

Following up on the Outdoor Women’s Classic:

  • Jared Book of Habs Eyes on the Prize wrote about the players’ reactions to the Outdoor Classic, which was a nice article that really highlighted, however we as fans and media feel about the short falls of the Outdoor Classic, the players really had a blast.
  • The New York Times had some coverage of the Outdoor Classic, speaking of more mainstream coverage.
  • Kate Cimini of Today’s Slapshot wrote a bit of a post-mortem on the Outdoor Classic. I particularly liked Cimini’s point that the take away from this year’s Outdoor Classic might be that the NWHL and the CWHL learned a little more about what needs to happen to put on a big event like this. While the CWHL in particular has had big events in the past, like the All-Star Game, with sponsors and television and big venues, there’s still stuff for both leagues to learn about all the moving pieces.
  • Jashvina Shah of Victory Press had a more negative take on the outcome of the Outdoor Classic.
    Look, I think the last thing the women’s hockey blogging world needs is another hot take on the Women’s Classic right now from me, but my personal thought tends to fall in more with Cimini’s post– sometimes the gains come in places you, as a fan, can’t see right away. While I don’t think Shah is wrong in being disappointed with the lack of streaming and television (because goodness knows, I am too) or the lack of publicity for the event, I do think saying the Outdoor Classic failed is a bit of an overstatement.
  • There has been no official update on Denna Laing’s injury during the Outdoor Classic, either from the NWHL or her/her family. However, that said, a family friend of Laing’s has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help Laing and her family with medical and other expenses that may result from her injury. It’s important to note that, while insurance can cover a lot, it never covers everything, especially incidental costs of recovery.

CWHL

  • Did you miss the first live televised CWHL game? The Toronto Furies played the Brampton Thunder in a match televised on Sportsnet in Canada. Hannah Bevis of Along the Boards wrote about this game.
  • The CWHL has long been partnered with You Can Play, the organization created to advocate for the removal of homophobia from sport. However, their recent games in support of You Can Play, including the one televised on Sportsnet, has been a new initiative from the league. Leann Ling of Along the Boards Charline Labonte’s thoughts on the new initiative as a You Can Play Ambassador.
  • Boston Blades GM, Krista Patronick, has an open letter to fans on the Blades’ website. Really, go check it out.
    I think Patronick has done a lot with a tough hand, and her willingness to be open about what’s going on and the challenges the Blades have and will face is really impressive to me. I’m really hoping that the Blades come back, and build stronger than ever.

Streaming Schedule:

Streamed online this weekend for the CWHL will be:

  • Saturday Jan. 9th Les Canadiennes @ Toronto Furies at 7:30pm ET
  • Sunday Jan. 10th Calgary Inferno @ Brampton Thunder at 1:30pm ET

NWHL

Streaming Schedule:

  • Saturday Jan. 9th NY Riveters @ Connecticut Whale at 7:30 PM ET
  • Sunday Jan. 10th Buffalo Beauts @ Connecticut Whale at 6:00 PM ET
  • Sunday Jan. 10th NY Riveters @ Boston Pride at 3:00 PM ET will be on EPSN3

Weekly News: Outdoor Women’s Classic, CWHL resumes play

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.

NWHL

The NWHL is playing this weekend!

Schedule:

  • 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.

CWHL

The CWHL resumes play this weekend, after breaking for the holidays!

Schedule:

  • 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:

Weekly News: Women’s Hockey, Christmas Edition

First, schedules are a little different this weekend, so make sure to double check before you plan your palatial women’s hockey parties. I’ve got a great buffalo cheese dip if you need a recipe!

NWHL

  • The New York Riveters will be playing the Buffalo Beauts on December 27th, 2015 at 3:30 PM ET at HarborCenter.
  • The Boston Pride will be playing the Connecticut Whale on December 27th, 2015 at 4:30 PM ET at Chelsea Piers.

Due to the USA Hockey Winter Camp starting on December 27th, several players will be missing from the games this weekend.

CWHL
No games this week! Look for the CWHL to return the week of January 2nd.

Weekly News: CWHL & NWHL All-Star Game updates, and more!

If you’re pining for the CWHL All-Star Game, check out highlight’s from last year’s, including the ceremonial face off between Charline Labonté, captain of the Red Team, and Jessica Campbell, captain of the White Team.

Weekly News: CWHL All-Star Game, NWHL’s Dunkin’ Donuts Sponsorship

The Boston Pride to Play The Minnesota Whitecaps Twice

The Boston Pride are coming to Minnesota to play the Minnesota Whitecaps! THIS IS LIKE A PRESENT FROM THE NWHL JUST TO ME, I AM SO EXCITED!

So, first, the practical details. The Pride are playing the Minnesota Whitecaps, who you may recall are currently an unafiliated team, of the former WWHL (Western Women’s Hockey League). The Whitecaps roster include such notable players as former Gophers Rachel Bona, Meghan Lorence, and Mira Jalosuo, as well as some big names from USA Hockey, including Monique Lamoureux and Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson, Jessie Vetter, and Alex Rigsby.

There will be two games, on Saturday, December 12th at 6:00 PM CST, and Sunday, December 13th at 1:00 PM CST. Both games will be played at Ridder Arena, home of the Minnesota Golden Gopher’s women’s team. Tickets are $5 per person, with children 12 and under getting in for free. Tickets can be purchased through the Gopher Ticket Office, either online at z.umn.edu/mnwhitecaps or by calling 612-624-8080 or 1-800-U-GOPHER. Be aware that while all tickets are general admission and first come first serve, the online ticket picker does have you pick out a section to sit in. Whitecaps players will be available to sign autographs after both games, and Pride players will be available for autographs after Saturday’s game.

If you’re not in Minnesota, or just can’t make it to Ridder, Saturday’s game will be televised locally on KSTC45 locally and on NESN on the east coast. NESN is also available nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network. The NWHL also intends to stream both games live on Cross-Ice Pass.

This past weekend, the Minnesota Whitecaps played Shattuck-St. Mary’s girl’s prep team twice, splitting the series, and you can read recaps of those games here and here. Previously, the Whitecaps also split a two game pre-season series against the New York Riveters– you can read Annalise’s recap of the Whitecaps’ victory over the Riveters or the league’s recap of the series.

I’m not quite sure who my money is on, for these games– the Pride have been good, going 5-3-0 so far this season, and they have the explosive offensive power exemplified by Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker. The Whitecaps, on the other hand, have some truly excellent players, including a very aggressive defensive corps headed up by Monique Lamoureux, but haven’t had as much practice time or game time together. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another series split, but in any case, I think we’re going to see some great hockey this weekend.

Weekend Preview: NWHL on NESN, CWHL

There’s been so much that’s happened this week! The NWHL All-Star Game was announced, we’re looking forward to the CWHL announcing their All-Star Game, the Riveters got their first win, and the NWHL got their first TV deal, among others. So, what can you watch this weekend?

CWHL Games

  • Boston Blades @ Brampton Thunder on Saturday, Nov 21 at 6:30 PM EST (Memorial Brampton Arena)
  • Calgary Inferno @ Toronto Furies on Saturday, Nov 21 at 7:30 PM EST (Mastercard Centre) STREAMED
  • Calgary Inferno @ Toronto Furies on Sunday, Nov 22 at 1:00 PM EST (Mastercard Centre)
  • Boston Blades @ Brampton Thunder on Sunday, Nov 22 at 1:30 PM EST (Memorial Brampton Arena) STREAMED

NWHL Games

  • Connecticut Whale @ Buffalo Beauts on Sunday, Nov 22 at 3:30 PM EST (HarborCenter) STREAMED
  • New York Riveters @ Boston Pride on Sunday, Nov 22 at 3:00 PM EST (Harvard Bright-Landry Center) STREAMED & NESN

Weekend On Tap: NWHL, CWHL back in action!

NWHL

  • Connecticut Whale @ Buffalo Beauts on Sun, Nov 15 at 3:30 PM EST/4:30 PM CST (HarborCenter) Streamed
  • Boston Pride @ NY Riveters on Sun, Nov 15 at 7:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST (Aviator) Streamed

CWHL

  • Les Canadiennes @ Calgary Inferno on Sat, Nov 14 at 8:15pm PM EST/9:15 PM CST (Winsport Arena) Streamed
  • Brampton Thunder @ Boston Blades on Sat, Nov 14 at 7:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST (Boch Ice Center)
  • Les Canadiennes @ Calgary Inferno on Sun, Nov 15 at 1:15 PM EST/ 2:15 PM CST (Winsport Arena) Audio Stream
  • Brampton Thunder @ Boston Blades on Sun, Nov 15 at 1:30 PM EST/2:30 PM CST (NESC) Streamed

Weekly News: NWHL captains, Four Nations outcome, Desjardins comeback

  • The NWHL has announced all their captains for the year!
    • For the Boston Pride, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker as co-captains
    • For the Buffalo Beauts, Emily Pfazler will be the captain, while Meghan Duggan and Shelby Bram will serve as assistant captains.
    • For the Connecticut Whale, Jessica Koizumi has the C, and Kaleigh Fratkin the A.
    • The New York Riveters have Ashley Johnston, Madison Packer, and Morgan Fritz-Ward, but it’s not entirely clear yet how the captain/assistant captain assignments will work out.
  • The US won the Four Nations Cup, beating Canada in a tight 3-2 win. Check out the tournament results and what they might mean going forward over at Victory Press, and check out Along the Board’s careful looks at who were the best CWHL and NWHL players at the Four Nations tournament.
  • Kathy Desjardins, last seen in net for Team Alberta in the 2013/2014 season, is back for the Calgary Inferno! She took some time off to recover from some injuries, including a concussion and a broken collarbone, but is ready to take the ice again alongside the Inferno’s new acquisitions like Hayley Wickenheiser.
  • Rachel Koteen of 540 Films is trying to kickstart a documentry about the NWHL. As someone who remembers the documentary that Jessica Desjardins did about the CWHL’s Montreal Stars fondly, and as someone who loves insight into the little things that make a league or a team tick, I’m very excited about this! While the NWHL is not sponsoring the documentary, Koteen will be working with the league and the teams to get that kind of inside access to players and teams. $11 will get you a digital copy of the documentary when it comes out, and like all Kickstarter projects, if they don’t fund their goal, you don’t lose your money. So go check it out!
  • The Calgary Inferno will be playing Team Japan today November 11th, at 4:45 PM EST. Sadly, there will be no streams of any sort for this. 🙁
  • The regular season for both the NWHL and CWHL resume this weekend!