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Women's Hockey Wednesday: Players of colour, international prospects and Panamericano

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Players of colour in the NWHL, more international prospects join the CWHL draft, the Panamericano tournament runs all week and Dani Rylan talks.

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DECEMBER 31: Blake Bolden #10 and the Boston Pride (NWHL) celebrate a second period goal against the Les Canadiennes (CWHL) during the Outdoor Womens Classic at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts
DECEMBER 31: Blake Bolden #10 and the Boston Pride (NWHL) celebrate a second period goal against the Les Canadiennes (CWHL) during the Outdoor Womens Classic at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts
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Diversity, Hockey and Living in a Post-Julie Chu Era - Excelle Sports
Kate Cimini speaks with several NWHL players about their experiences as hockey players of colour.

Let's Talk About Race, Baby
The latest Don't Snow the Goalie podcast features Blake Bolden of the Boston Pride and William Douglas from
The Color of Hockey

Sledge

Sport opening doors for athlete | Leduc Rep
A profile on national team player Geneva Coulter

Development

Hayley Wickenheiser won't stop working to grow women's hockey - Pension Plan Puppets
Hayley Wickenheiser has been a trailblazer for women's hockey, and there's more work to be done. From our own Scott Wheeler.

Hockey Edmonton teams up with U of A Pandas | Edmonton Journal
In an effort to raise the bar for female players heading into a new venture this fall, Hockey Edmonton turned to the University of Alberta Pandas women’s team for support. The Pandas know a thing or two about winning.

My Youth Olympics Games story – Verity Lewis

15-year-old GBR hockey player Verity Lewis describes her time at the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games.


CWHL

Les Canadiennes Season Review: Ann-Sophie Bettez - Eyes On The Prize
Ann-Sophie Bettez has finished in the top five of league scoring every year she's played in the CWHL

CWHL Expands International Draft Base To Russia - TSS
Per the CWHL, Iya Gavrilova, a Russian Olympic team center, has registered for the Canadian league's draft, coming in August of 2016.

The CWHL Draft Prospects list is up to 34 players, including members of the Japanese and Mexican National Teams. The list is updated weekly or thereabouts.

Clarkson Cup a Crowning Win for Kelsey Webster - Women's Hockey Life
Kelsey Webster is retiring from the Calgary Inferno. Mark Staffieri takes a look back at her career.

NWHL

Dani Rylan, NWHL commissioner, opens up about scandalous offseason | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: "Someone has a lot of time on their hands to try and undermine the NWHL and all the hard work we’ve put into this league," she said in an interview with Puck Daddy.

NWHL Sets Details for Free Agent Camp in Newark, NJ - OurSports Central
The National Women's Hockey League will host the first Free Agent Camp of the 2016 offseason at the Barnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, NJ from June 10-12th, 2016. Open to the public

For NWHL trailblazers, a tougher road back for year two - Excelle Sports
Erik Wollschlager writes about one of the drawbacks of the NWHL' s success. (thanks to clrkaitken for reminding me of this one)

Sis Paulsen Joins New York Riveters Bench - TSS
Sis Paulsen, the former women’s hockey head coach at New England College, has been named Assistant Coach of the New York Riveters for the 2016-17 season.

Homegrown hockey: The Isobel Cup, and Zoe Hickel and crew helping grow the game - Alaska Dispatch News
Zoe Hickel brought the Isobel Cup home to Anchorage, and she's bringing a hockey camp too.

Player profiles

IIHF

Maschmeyer emerging as a threat for Team Canada's No. 1 goalie - Calgary Sun
Kristen Odland spoke to the CWHL prospect at the Hockey Canada goalie camp this weekend.

2016 U.S. Women's National Team Off-Ice Training Camp | Photos | Team USA Hockey
Photos from this weekend's strength and conditioning camp

"Panamericano" begins
Three Latin American countries compete in Mexico City Jun 6 - 12. CWHL prospect Claudia Tellez is competing on one of the Mexican teams.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame hockey builder Shirley Cameron proud of pioneering women’s game | Edmonton Journal
To suggest that hockey pioneer Shirley Cameron joined the women’s game at the grass roots level doesn’t give her nearly enough credit. When she first took her skates and stick to a rink, the seeds hadn’t even been planted yet. There was nothing. No local teams in Edmonton.

International Leagues

Topcats are indisputable leaders of the gang
Swindon Topcats were the cream of the crop as they secured the English Women’s Premier League play-off trophy at the weekend.

‘How Swede it is’ for Unrau as she embarks on pro career with Karlskrona HK
One of the UBC Thunderbirds goes pro in Sweden

Three Swiss-Canadian players to try their luck in the SWHLA
Three new Swiss-Canadian players will try their luck in the SWHL A. Nicole Gass, 23, and Christy Blackburn, 18, have signed with the ZSC Lions women's team. Rebecca Kohler will join the Ladies Team HC Lugano.