Weekly Link Round Up: CWHL All-Star game follow up

Reflections on the CWHL All-Star Game, Interviews with Ann-Sophie Bettez, Digit Murphy, and More.

Bettez won both the Angela James bowl for the top scorer in the league, and the league MVP award this past year (2013-2014).
Bettez won both the Angela James bowl for the top scorer in the league, and the league MVP award this past year (2013-2014).
  • Savanna Arral, Executive Director of Hockey and lead play-by-play for WHRB Sports, did an interview with Ann-Sophie Bettez of the Montreal Stars, which will air during the first intermission of the December 28th, 2014 Harvard University men’s hockey game versus the Russian Red Stars! In order to hear the interview, tune in during the first intermission, either by listening on 95.3FM in the Greater Boston area, or whrb.org everywhere else. It’s a really interesting interview with Bettez, and touches on the challenges of training in the CWHL when you have so much less ice time vs college, etc.
  • Shannon Miller, the head coach of the University of  Minnesota Duluth’s women’s hockey team since 1998, will not have her contract renewed due to financial considerations. She coached the team to five NCAA championships.
  • You’ve probably read these next two links already if you follow us on Twitter, but our own Angelica wrote up the CWHL All-Star Game for the Minnesota Wild SB Nation blog, Hockey Wilderness, and Zoë Hayden wrote it up for Stanley Cup Of Chowder. Check them out, they’re both nice summaries, but both also touch on the All-Star Game as a vehicle to get the CWHL new viewers, and the slight surrealism of watching CWHL players in a massive NHL arena. I’m going to be really interested to see if CWHL viewership for this coming weekend’s games is at all affected, or if it’s more long-term.
  • Speaking of the publicity for the CWHL, check out Digit Murphy’s interview after the All-Star Game. I’m not sure how I really feel about her comparison of the CWHL to the NFL in terms of player conduct– that’s not really a comparable, and it’s not like women’s sport doesn’t also have issues with domestic assault. They’re not the same issues, but just because the female athletes aren’t paid as much, and don’t get as much media attention doesn’t mean domestic violence isn’t an issue.


CWHL Weekend Preview: No Olympic break here! Toronto v. Boston (x2), and Brampton v. Montreal (x2)!


This weekend, if you’re looking for less insanely early game to watch live, the CWHL’s Streaming Game this weekend is on Saturday, February 8th, at 6:30 PM CST, Brampton playing Montreal. Much better than getting up at 2 AM to watch the US play Finland, right? Montreal and Brampton are currently only separated by one point in the league table, but Montreal has the best power play in the league right now at a 22.8% success rate. With Brampton taking some of the most penalties in the league, their penalty kill, currently one of the worst in the league, is going to have to step up big time. The other game on Saturday is Toronto v Boston, at 11:40 AM CST.

On Sunday, February 9th, Toronto and Boston match up again, playing at 11:05 AM CST. Brampton will also be playing Montreal again, at 11:30 AM CST.

We did a bigger link post on Wednesday, so you can check that out for some more Olympic-themed weekend reading, but here are some others: