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Women's Hockey Wednesday: Too Awesome for the HHoF

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That's it, right? That's the only logical reason that with the opportunity to induct 14 women's hockey players since 2010, only four have been called to the Hall of Fame. (Also, news from the NWHL Free Agency camps)

 (L-R) Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Vicky Sunohara, both HHoF eligible, with Jayna Hefford, eligible in 2017.
(L-R) Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Vicky Sunohara, both HHoF eligible, with Jayna Hefford, eligible in 2017.
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A very young Pascal Laberge with Canadian goalie Kim St-Pierre, also HHoF-eligible.

Who should be 2016's Hockey Hall of Fame class? - Sportsnet.ca
Apparently absolutely no women. Goalie Sami-Jo Small has a few suggestions.

2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees: Who gets in, who stays out - Pension Plan Puppets
GunnarCarlsson suggested a few for Elseldo's piece. You can see how the voting went.

As you can probably tell I am beyond pissed off. Poll (with supporting youtube clips) down below.


CWHL

SUMMER CAMP | CWHL: Les Canadiennes
Les Canadiennes are hosting a youth summer camp this August!

NWHL

Craig Muni Joins Buffalo Beauts As Head Coach - TSS
Craig Muni has taken over the co-head coach position with the Buffalo Beauts, the NWHL announced Saturday afternoon after the morning's training camp.

Beauts' New Coach Muni Bolsters Defensive Accumen - TSS
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Beauts have announced the hiring of Craig Muni as co-coach for the 2016-17 season. Muni will join general manager and...

NWHL Hopefuls Attend First Offseason Training Camp - TSS
The NWHL is holding yet another series of training camps across the northeast in an effort to attract new players to the lineup.

Kate Cimini has a photo gallery from the first camp on her website.

Buffalo Beauts Sign Defender Sarah Casorso - TSS
The NWHL announced Sunday that Sarah Casorso, a CIS defenseman, has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season.

Riveters Sign BU Forward Rebecca Russo - Blueshirt Banter
A defensive forward that will bring energy to the Riveters roster.

Velasquez Turned Some Heads at the NWHL Free Agent Camp in Buffalo – Sportsology
Colombia WNT player Sandra Velasquez attracted some attention at camp.

NWHL's Second Free Agent Camp Again Proves Fruitful - TSS
BUFFALO, N.Y. – On June 24-26, the NWHL held their second free agent camp of the 2016 offseason.

Michael Hetzel has photos from the second camp linked from his twitter account.

NWHL: Ex-NY Riveters Lyudmila Belyakova looks for new contract - Excelle
Russian forward Lyudmila Belyakova will not be returning to the NWHL New York Riveters next season, she is searching for a new contract


IIHF

New coach for Russian women - IIHF
Alexei Chistyakov takes over after bronze win.

Hayley Wickenheiser supports Calgary Olympic bid - Saskatoon - CBC News
She's one of Canada's most decorated Olympians and now Hayley Wickenheiser is throwing her support behind a bid for the 2026 Winter Games to be held in Calgary.

Gold-Medal Mentors to Lead Girls U-18 Select Campers
Four U.S. Women’s National Team mentors will join USA Hockey's U-18 Select Player Development Camp.

Manon Rheaume, first female NHL goalie, subject of film
Manon Rhéaume, the NHL's first female goalie, looks back on her amazing story, the subject of a forthcoming movie. Oh look, another woman eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame


International Leagues

Djurgården förlänger kontraktet med Josefine Jakobsen | Hockey | Expressen
Danish University of North Dakota forward Josefine Jakobsen signs a contract with Djurgården, leaving North American hockey behind. She played for two years in Sweden before her college career.

Team director Nils Ekman said:

"Josefine is one of Europe's best hockey players. She has expressed a strong sense from the beginning that she really wants to come to us, which makes it even more fun. She was the holder of goal record in Riksserien until Andrea Dalen broke it last winter."

(s/t as always to KatyaKnappe)


Hockey Hall of Fame

Women's hockey players have been eligible for induction to the Hall since 2010. Other than the numbers limit (two to the men's four, which is idiotic to start with) there's no difference in the eligibility requirements. Given the history, it should have been easy to find 14 players. Instead, we have four: Cammi Granato and Angela James (2010), Geraldine Heaney (2013) and Angela Ruggiero.  That's pathetic.

Most of the women I've listed below (and this is by no means comprehensive) have been eligible since 2010 and before. Unfortunately this also means that for some of them what's available on Youtube doesn't give the full scope of their abilities and impact on the game.

Karyn Bye Dietz

Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Danielle Goyette

Manon Rhéaume

Kim St-Pierre

Vicky Sunohara