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Women's Hockey Wednesday: Pre-season begins!

Okay still no games yet (although les Canadiennes have released their pre-season sched) but selection camps and previews galore!

Sommer West leads a Toronto Furies practice January 8, 2016
Sommer West leads a Toronto Furies practice January 8, 2016
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CWHL

Jaywalking: Fontaine: from retirement to CWHL draftee
Amanda Fontaine began playing hockey when she was 5 years old.

Renata on the rise
She wasn’t really paying attention as the draft got started. Yes, she was there in the room but her name wouldn't be called until sometime in the second round or maybe even the third.

Cunningham retires a CWHL champion › Medicine Hat News
Jenna Cunningham made it official Wednesday night: She’s going out on top.

Au Revoir, Genevieve - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A fond remembrance of All-Star goaltender Genevieve Lacasse's time in Boston.

Les Canadiennes start season with selection camp - Eyes On The Prize
31 players to take part including nine 2016 draft picks

Speaking with a few members of Les Canadiennes as the team opens Selection Camp in Brossard - Eyes On The Prize
Last year's Clarkson Cup runners-up took to the field and the ice for fitness testing to kick off the 2016-17 CWHL season.

Canadiennes selection camp reunites familiar faces and introduces others - Eyes On The Prize
CWHL training camp has a first day of school feel, even for most rookies

Les Canadiennes release pre-season schedule - Eyes On The Prize
The team will play five exhibition games to prepare for the season

s/t to the folks at EOTP for their excellent coverage of the camp.

CWHL Season Preview - Brampton Thunder
With the start of the NWHL and CWHL seasons creeping ever-closer, we’re kicking off a series of season previews for both leagues where we will encompass...

CWHL Season Preview - Calgary Inferno
The Inferno transformed from a very good team to a great team in the playoffs.

CWHL Season Preview - Boston Blades
Today we begin with the Boston Blades. Recap of last season. Can we skip this section? Last season didn't go too well on the ice.


NWHL

Boston Pride Name 2016-2017 Practice Players - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Pride have added six practice players to the squad, bringing the final number of players on the roster to 23.

Holze and Figueroa Return to Riveters on Practice Squad - Blueshirt Banter
Two of the New York Riveters’ most popular skaters from last season will be returning to the team.

NWHL Season Preview - New York Riveters
The Riveters’ personality and work ethic last season kept their fans engaged, but the team had deep flaws.

NWHL Season Preview - Buffalo Beauts
The Beauts had a terrible start to their first season. They played the first three games without key players due to visa issues.

NWHL Season Preview - Connecticut Whale
The Whale’s first season was pretty brilliant and ended abruptly, faster than many (save Buffalo and their fans) expected.

NWHL Season Preview - The Boston Pride
The Boston Pride were so good on paper last summer that there were concerns about parity in the NWHL even before the puck dropped.


IIHF

44 players to attend Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival
Fall Festival marks first step towards selecting team for 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship


International Leagues

Ludmila Belyakova Returns To Russian HK Tornado
Ludmila Belyakova, the Russian forward formerly of the New York Riveters, announced via Twitter Friday afternoon that she would re-join HK Tornado Moscow..

Women’s Hockey Update: Sept. 6th, 2016
Patrick Conway has started a weekly update on the Women's Russian Hockey League.