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NWHL All-Stars announced, IIHF U18 Women's World Championships continue with quarter-finals. Plus news from the CWHL, NCAA and around the world.

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Brianna Decker at the Sochi Olympics
Brianna Decker at the Sochi Olympics
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Sledge Hockey

'It's amazing': Manitobans hit the ice with the country's top female sledge hockey players - Manitoba - CBC News
When 11-year-old Lily Ruthrich gets out of her wheelchair and straps on her sledge she feels freedom. She slid across the ice at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg on Saturday and expertly navigated the puck while taking in lessons from Canada’s top women sledge hockey players.

NCAA

Div I Polls: USCHO | Ice Garden

WCHA Midseason Standouts
A look at the WCHA's best players at the midseason mark, including a glimpse at the Gopher's Kelly Pannek, Wisconsin's Ann-Renee Desbiens and more.

Carbon monoxide poisoning sends 19 Lindenwood athletes to hospital | KSDK.com
Nineteen university hockey players are recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning after being exposed to the gas at the Lindenwood Ice Arena.

Women's college hockey: Mercyhurst gets big win over No. 4 St. Lawrence | NCAA.com
The Mercyhurst women's hockey team scored five goals in a 5-2 win over fourth-ranked St. Lawrence in the first game of the "D1 in D.C." doubleheader on Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Progress Report: Connecticut Whale Draftees
In June of 2016 the Connecticut Whale was selected to draft third in the NWHL Draft, with general manager Lisa Giovanelli searching for strong, dynamic offense and, in many cases, a Minnesotan birthplace.


CWHL

Les Canadiennes shut out Boston Blades - Eyes On The Prize
Charline Labonté makes 27 saves

Cathy Chartrand sets record as Les Canadiennes beat Blades - Eyes On The Prize
Montreal needs third period comeback to sweep season series

Next week's games:

Inferno @ Canadiennes: Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm

Thunder @ Furies: Saturday 8:00pm CWHLlive

Furies @ Thunder: Sunday 1:30pm

all times EST

Picking The CWHL All-Rookie Team
The 2016-17 season has been a banner year for rookies and first-year players in the CWHL.

CWHL Midseason Thoughts: Road to the Clarkson Cup

Women’s hockey pushes forward, but a familiar question remains: What happens next? - The Globe and Mail
Interest in the game spikes every four years when the Olympics rolls around, but wanes in between. The creation of two competing professional leagues has given more women the chance to play at a high level outside of their national team and college programs, but are those options sustainable?

A closer look at the Canadiens-Canadiennes partnership - Eyes On The Prize
We spoke to Shauna Denis about the fantastic game at the Bell Centre, and what’s next for women's hockey in Montreal

Inferno’s Heritage Game Celebrates Evolution of Pro Hockey in Alberta
As the CWHL’s five franchises take to the ice during its landmark tenth anniversary season, celebratory events have been highlighted by a series of Heritage Games that have supplied multiple highlights while emerging as one of the signature events.

Calgary Inferno New Year Travel Plans Include Games in Japan
Breaking through another "first" for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), the Calgary Inferno will travel to Tomakomai, Japan in January, 2017 to play the Japanese Women’s National Team.

With Small Changes, Brampton Thunder Could See Big Results
the 2016 Clarkson Cup champions are preparing to host the fourth place Brampton Thunder for a two-game series.


Whitecaps

University of Minnesota Duluth - Whitecaps top No. 5 Bulldogs 5-2 in exhibition skate
The No. 5 University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team hit the ice for the first time in almost a month Saturday afternoon in its 5-2 exhibition loss against the Minnesota Whitecaps.

NWHL

NWHL: Buffalo Beauts Find A Way to Win
Despite giving up multiple leads, including a 3-0 lead, the NWHL's Buffalo Beauts found a way to win in a 6-5 victory over the Connecticut Whale on January 7.

Next week's games:

Riveters @ Beauts: Saturday 7:30 pm

Pride @ Whale: Sunday 3:00 pm

NWHL on Youtube

all times EST

‘I think one league at the end of the day is the answer’: Q&A with Hilary Knight - The Ice Garden
Knight was in Montreal as part of an all-star team for a Concordia University invitational

NWHL: All Star Game rosters set for Amanda Kessel and Kelley Steadman
On Tuesday, the two NWHL All Star Game captains picked their rosters on social media. The game is scheduled for Feb. 12—see the full rosters here.

Harrison Browne thanks fans for voting him in to the NWHL All-Star Game - The Ice Garden
Browne was one of four NWHL players voted into the All-Star Game by the fans- and he’s already planning his shootout moves.

Beauts still trying to find themselves in second half of season - The Ice Garden
The 2016 half of the Beauts’ sophomore campaign was a roller coaster — can they find balance in 2017?

Pride at the break: Boston even better after Isobel Cup run - The Ice Garden
The Pride headed into the break remaining perfect.

Is Brianna Decker The Best Women's Hockey Player In The world?
Followers of women’s hockey regularly engage in the Marie-Philip Poulin and Hilary Knight debate — who is the best player in women’s hockey? But there’s a third player in that race.


IIHF

Today's U18 games

QF1: Russia vs Czech Republic 10:15 am

QF2: Sweden vs Finland 2:15 pm

Relegation1: Japan vs Switzerland 2:15 pm

All games streamed live here or here

times EST

2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship Preview - Zlin, Prerov (Czech Republic) - IIHF
Women’s U18 back in CZE

Russia looking to medal in the U18 Women’s World Championship - The Ice Garden
After a convincing performance at the 4 Nations Tournament in November, Russia is looking to claim their second U18 WWC medal.

Balancing Finland & Motown
Playing hockey at an elite level takes huge commitment in terms of travelling, but few have to travel as much as Camille Kahra.

Lindberg behind the bench (Sweden)
Ylva Lindberg knows a thing or two about hockey.

Takenaka: Hockey is very cool
Promoted from Division I, Group A last year, Japan is aiming to stay in the top group this year at the 2017 Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship.

The playing coach (Slovakia)
Still on the ice, Kezmarska learns behind the bench

Triple Threat
Player of the year Barnes set to lead USA charge


Asian Winter Games - Feb 2017

Sapporo 2017 confirm entrants in men's and women's ice hockey tournaments
Six nations - Japan, China, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand - will take part in the women’s competition at the Tsukisamu Gymnasium..

International Leagues

Cardiff Comets Battle To 3-3 Draw In Opening English Women's Ice Hockey League match - Dai Sport
Cardiff Comets battled to a 3-3 draw against Streatham Storm in their opening English Women’s League ice hockey match of the season.

A Small Team With Giant Dreams Practicing On One Of The Highest Ice Rinks In The World
Minus 15 degrees temperature? What are you going to do in Ladakh in the middle of winter? Are you trying to freeze yourself alive?