NWHL pre-season games! We love pre-season games! They’re like a movie trailer– it might not be really reflective of what you see when you see the full show, but it’s an interesting sneak peek! We were able to get a copy of the current pre-season schedule for the NWHL, and we are excited!
Kate Cimini recently broke that the NWHL New York Riveters would be playing a pre-season game against the Minnesota Whitecaps. You may remember the Minnesota Whitecaps as the 2010 Clarkson Cup champions, back when the CWHL played the Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL) in a championship game for the Clarkson Cup. That team had such familar faces as Gigi Marvin, Jenny Potter, and 2010 Clarkson Cup MVP, Julie Chu. It’s also been a persistent rumor that any midwestern expansion of the CWHL might involve the Whitecaps. The team has been pretty quiet since 2011, mostly playing the occasional exhibition game against the Minnesota Gophers, but we’ll be seeing a lot more of them this season! The current roster is VERY exciting, including several of the 2010 roster like Winny Brodt-Brown, the 2010 captain, and some other players you might recognize like the Lameroux twins, Noora Räty, Alex Rigsby, Anne Schleper, and Mira Jalosuo.
But it’s not just the Riveters who are playing pre-season games! Every NWHL team is playing two pre-season games. We don’t know what the ticket situation will be for these games, but I suspect that the games will be free. We haven’t gotten a comment from the league on ticket prices yet, but perhaps when the full season ticket prices/availability is announced, there will pre-season game information included.
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The Buffalo Beauts will play Mercyhurst twice. The Mercyhurst Lakers finished out top in their conference, the CHA, last year in the NCAA, and 13th overall in the league. Notably, several Mercyhurst alumna play for the Beauts, including goaltender Amanda Makela and forward Shelby Bram.
The Boston Pride will play two teams, the East Coast Wizards U16 Boys and the East Coast Wizards U18 Boys. Boston Pride GM Hayley Moore is also the Director of Girls’/Women’s Hockey with the East Coast Wizards, a program for boys and girls hockey development. Notably, Anya Battaglino, a former Boston Blade and now a practice player for the Connecticut Whale , is a product of the Wizards program. Shenae Lundberg, of the New York Riveters, is also out of the Wizards program, as is Alex Carpenter, 2015 1st overall draft pick by the Riveters.
Speaking of the Riveters, they’ll be playing the Whitecaps once, and also the Fire Department of New York’s hockey team. The Fire Department of New York Hockey Team is a non-profit hockey team made up of members of the New York Fire Department, sensibly enough, and frequently play fund-raiser games for charity, as well as playing in a local men’s league. (Yes, this is the team that got in a line brawl at a teddy bear toss game.)
The Connecticut Whale will also be playing the Whitecaps, and the Connecticut Jr. Rangers. I believe that the Jr. Rangers are this boys hockey assocation, but I’m not sure which team the Whale will be playing. There are several U16 teams, and a U18 team.
An earlier version of this article said that the East Coast Wizards U16 team would be the girls team– this is incorrect, it will be the boys team.