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Lots to cover after a week away, but first and foremost - international hockey an hour from when this publishes!

Calgary Inferno's Katelyn Gosling and Toronto Furies' Renata Fast will join forces today for Team Canada in the Nations Cup
Calgary Inferno's Katelyn Gosling and Toronto Furies' Renata Fast will join forces today for Team Canada in the Nations Cup
Laine Schuck | CWHL

2016's Defining Moments For Women's Hockey
The passion of those who follow women's hockey are subjected to the same rollercoaster.


Sledge Hockey

Sled hockey players makes women’s U.S. national team
Sebastian’s Katrina Villegas is a member of the women’s USA National sled hockey team


NCAA

SB Nation’s Women’s College Hockey Division 1 Poll: Mid-year trends - The Ice Garden
With the nation taking a holiday break, it’s time to take stock of the first half

Badgers women's hockey: Injury expected to sideline goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens for at least 4 weeks
She injured her left knee playing for Canada against the United States last Saturday.

Over the break, Hockey Wilderness wrote a series: Better Know a DI Women’s Hockey Conference
WCHAECAC CHA Hockey East

Lindenwood University - Trio of Women’s Hockey Goaltenders Combine for Exhibition Shutout
Lindenwood beat this year's Universiade team for USA

The Washington Pride brings women’s college hockey to D.C. this month - The Washington Post
Mercyhurst and St. Lawrence will visit Kettler this weekend to face the Pride in a two-game showcase.

Progress Report: Boston Pride Draftees
Today, FanRag Sports examines the Boston Pride's drafted assets. How far have they come in the past six months?

Progress Report: Buffalo Beauts 2016 Draftees
The Buffalo Beauts entered the 2016 NWHL draft still flying from an unexpected trip to the Isobel Cup championship series.


CWHL

CWHL New Year's resolutions - The Ice Garden
Now that 2017 is finally here and our celebrations are finished, it's time to start making some New Year's resolutions- some more serious than others.

Notable names and snubs on the CWHL All-Star roster - The Ice Garden
As the league prepares for the 2017 All-Star Game, we take a closer look at the players chosen to compete

Analyzing CWHL's Best Offensive Defenders
The vast majority of Canada's best defenders play their professional hockey in the CWHL.

Rookie All-Star Katelyn Gosling A Great Fit With Calgary Inferno
On a Calgary Inferno team filled with established stars and Olympians, rookie defender Katelyn Gosling stands out.

Slumping Brampton Thunder Missing Key Hockey Canada Players
The Brampton Thunder enter the CWHL’s holiday break entrenched solidly in fourth place on the table.

This week's games:

Canadiennes @ Blades: Jan 7 5:30pm CWHLlive, Jan 8 2:30pm EST

Thunder @ Inferno: Jan 7 7:45pm, Jan 8 12:00pm MST

NWHL

FORMER BULLDOG HUERTAS SIGNS WITH NWHL'S WHALES
Former University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey player Meghan Huertas has signed with the Connecticut Whales of the National Women's Hockey League for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

NWHL Attendance Bonuses Could Revitalize League Image
The NWHL announced Friday afternoon players would receive attendance-based bonuses in addition to their new salary number for regular season games played, beginning retroactively with games played starting from Dec. 1.

Pros and cons of NWHL 'attendance based bonuses' for players
In the wake of the National Women’s Hockey League’s announcement of salary cut and the departure of three players (thus far) positive news is hard to come by.

A group of devoted Riveters fans are looking to make a difference - Blueshirt Banter
Committed Riveters fans have started a fundraiser to buy blocks of tickets in an effort to help their team, their fellow fans and the league.

Michael Moran Lawsuit Against NWHL Continuing
The lawsuit levied by initial investor Michael Moran against the NWHL and specifically its founder and commissioner, Dani Rylan...

Fledgling Women’s Hockey League Becomes a Trailblazer on Transgender Policy - The New York Times
The National Women’s Hockey League, in just its second season, planned to unveil rules to protect transgender players.

NWHL's Transgender Policy Focuses on Hormones, Not Inclusion
When Buffalo Beauts forward Harrison Browne publicly came out as a trans man this fall, the National Women's Hockey League announced that it would begin planning its transgender inclusion policy.

Molly Engstrom on her decision to play in Sweden - The Ice Garden
"I'm going to Sweden because of the way things were handled in the NWHL."

Amid trying times, Battaglino brings her best to the Whale, NWHL - The Ice Garden
"I didn’t sleep, but it’s done"

The NWHL rookies who have contributed the most to their team’s offense - The Ice Garden
Which teams are getting the most offense from their rookie and first-year skaters?

No. 21 Hilary Knight, hockey player on a mission | Local | mtexpress.com
Hilary Knight plays hockey.

Denna Laing Drops Puck Before Bruins-Sabres - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A touching way to honor to someone who had gone through a long 2016 and inspired so many of us.

A look at the Riveters at the midway point - The Ice Garden
Analyzing the performance of the Riveters’ skaters and goaltenders halfway through the 2016-17 season.

Even without a letter on her jersey, Connecticut Whale goalie Nicole Stock is leading the Whale’s squad through some rough waters.

This week's games:

Pride @ Riveters: Saturday Jan 7 6:30 pm

Beauts @ Whale: Saturday Jan 7 7:00 pm

NWHL on Youtube

all times EST


IIHF


Tournaments this week:

Nations Cup Schedule and Scores (courtesy of Hockey Canada)
January 4-7

2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship - Zlin, Prerov (Czech Republic)
January 7 - 14


Olympic Sports - Women's hockey still struggling for prominence in between big international events
Women's hockey is still struggling for prominence outside global events like the Olympics.

Canada Sweeps 2016 Winter Series
Team Canada swept the 2016 Winter Series, defeating the United States in two games of fast-paced women's hockey action.

Amanda Kessel's Long Road Back To The U.S. National Team
Amanda Kessel has returned to the ice in more ways than one.

Years of dedication and work on her craft are about to pay off in a major way for Moose Jaw’s Michelle Stapleton.

Canada falls to Germany in pre-Nations Cup action
An early lead didn’t stand up, and Canada’s National Women’s Development Team dropped a 3-2 decision to Germany on Monday in its lone pre-tournament game ahead of the 2017 Nations Cup.


International Leagues

Noora Räty signs with Nokian Pyry - The Ice Garden
Finnish netminder cites playing time and environment as key reasons for the move