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Women's Hockey Wednesday: Finding ways and reasons to play

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Several women seeking a place in the CWHL and NWHL this season have interesting stories to tell. Plus, Cassie Campbell-Pascall is named to the Order of Canada

DIFD stickers adorn all of the helmets as the Calgary Inferno host the Montreal Canadiennes in Canadian Women's Hockey League action at the Markin McPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta on February 13, 2016.
DIFD stickers adorn all of the helmets as the Calgary Inferno host the Montreal Canadiennes in Canadian Women's Hockey League action at the Markin McPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta on February 13, 2016.
Dave Holland | CWHL

Toronto Furies forward Carolyne Prevost and CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress at the Toronto Pride parade

CWHL

Q&A: Claudia Téllez on CWHL draft, Mexico women's ice hockey
The first Mexican player to apply for the CWHL Draft, Claudia Téllez opens up about the draft and Mexico's development in women's ice hockey. (Excellent and interesting interview by Kate Cimini)

For those who were interested, the CWHL has made CWHL Gear available - hoodies as well as unisex and women's cut t-shirts with the league's logo instead of a team. The normal store is down for reworking, hopefully that means season tickets and other gear will be available soon!

Terrific Toni Ross Recognized with Remarkable Honors
Mark Staffieri profiles 2016 CWHL draft pick and former Regina Cougar goalie Toni Ross.


NWHL

Sandra Velasquez: Just a Trailblazer Living the Dream
"I actually applied last year, and I didn’t get the response I wanted," said Sandra Velasquez after attending the second NWHL Free Agent Camp.

NWHL's Kelli Stack focused again on Olympic gold
A crushing loss in the 2014 Olympic gold medal game led Kelli Stack to retire, but time away helped re-ignite her love of hockey.

Buffalo or Bust for Two NWHL Free Agents
"I just want to keep playing until someone tells me I’m not good enough anymore." - Sydney Kidd is hoping to earn a contract with Buffalo for next season. (And has interesting ideas of what she'll do if she can't.)

NWHL May Be Planning Season Around NHL Winter Classic - TSS
The NWHL appears to be setting its new season up around a trip to the NHL's Winter Classic, according to a tentative league calendar.

(is this a troll job? I have no words)

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

Only Two Roster Spots Left So What's Next for Riveters - TSS
After signing Rebecca Russo from Boston University the New York Riveters have just two contracted roster spots remaining.

Beauts Defensive Arsenal Gains A New Weapon In Casorso - TSS
The NWHL free agent camp held in Buffalo from June 24-26 was a an eye-opening experience for Beauts General Manager Ric Seiling.


IIHF

Campbell-Pascall appointed to Order of Canada
Hockey Canada alumna recognized for contributions to the women’s game, on and off the ice

Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Linda Fedigan appointed to Order of Canada | Calgary Herald
Cassie Campbell-Pascall said she was "speechless" when she got a call a couple of weeks ago informing her that she was being appointed to the Order of Canada.

Orillian aids Olympic hopefuls | Orillia Packet and Times
An Orillia woman who has spent a lifetime on the ice is trying to help Mexico, a newcomer to the hockey world, skate into the upper echelon of women's hockey.

Manon Rheaume drops in on the Lightning after a long time away - Cross Checks Blog- ESPN
A key figure in the history of a budding franchise, goalie Manon Rheaume still feels a deep connection with Tampa and its Lightning.

Slovakia trip ‘great preparation' for GB women – IHUK
Great Britain Women’s head coach Cheryl Smith says next week’s trip to Slovakia will be of massive benefit ahead of November’s Olympic qualification tournament.

International Leagues

Ladakh Women’s Ice Hockey Foundation Fights for Female Hockey in India
Every year for two and half months of winter, the ponds and lakes in Ladakh, India freeze over, and the people of this northern mountain region take to the ice to play a game that has captured the hearts of the Ladakhi people - hockey.