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This weekend the CWHL and NWHL show off their All-Stars and the last two Olympic berths will be won. Also, Universiade 2017 results, the Beanpot, and yet more changes to the NWHL schedule.

CWHL 2016 All-Star Game, Air Canada Centre
CWHL 2016 All-Star Game, Air Canada Centre
Brandon Taylor / CWHL


Brock prof raising the profile of international women’s hockey - Erie Media | Erie Media

In a world where men’s hockey dominates in profile, prestige and revenue, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is turning to Brock University Sport Management professor Julie Stevens for advice on how to promote women’s hockey around the globe.

A Player Before Her Time - Sportsnet.ca
See if you can spot what's missing from this otherwise excellent Kristina Rutherford article on Angela James

Staturday: Janine Weber is crushing it - The Ice Garden
Enlightening and insightful stats from the world of women’s hockey.

U Sports

Mélodie Daoust still has a lot to play for - The Ice Garden
McGill Martlets forward maintains balance as she pursues her goals

The Gauntlet / Dinos women’s hockey drops Crowchild Classic to cross-town rival Cougars
The Dinos women’s hockey team opened the fifth annual Crowchild Classic with a heartbreaking loss to the Mount Royal University Cougars at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 2.

Women’s hockey continues to roll | The Journal
It wasn’t the start that any of them had in mind. After ten games, the women’s hockey team was looking at a 4-6 record and a discouraging weekend consisting of two straight losses. Something wasn’t right. And then it was.

Universiade

Kelty Apperson experiencing Olympic-like hockey at Winter Universiade - New Brunswick - CBC News
Kelty Apperson of the St. Thomas University women's hockey team is living what she calls an Olympic-like experience. She is playing for Team Canada in the 2017 Winter Universiade, and so far they've been crushing their opponents.

Universiade gold for Russia
Women’s ice hockey tournament concludes

Russia captures Universiade gold - The Ice Garden
Olga Sosina scored twice as Russia won its second-straight FISU Games title.

NCAA

Div I Polls: USCHO | Ice Garden

Bracketology: Home Stretch - The Ice Garden
It’s the last week of calm before a mad dash to the finish ensues.

It all comes down to this — the 2017 Beanpot final - The Ice Garden
A tournament that needs no introduction will pit Boston College and Northeastern for the championship on Tuesday

Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers roll past Bemidji for 500th win in program history · The Badger Herald
Wisconsin ends the season with four-game stretch against consecutive Top-10 opponents

College women's hockey: Bulldogs' Rooney refuses to relinquish net for anyone | Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota Duluth sophomore goaltender Maddie Rooney knows she should want her teammate Catherine Johnson, a freshman goalie, to see more ice time.

Women's college hockey: Wisconsin's Ann-Renée Desbiens leads in five categories | NCAA.com
Women's college hockey: Wisconsin's Ann-Renée Desbiens leads in five categories

CWHL

Marie-Philip Poulin, Charline Labonté lead Canadiennes over Furies in annual Pink game - Eyes On The Prize
Montreal’s best players led them to victory

Ann-Sophie Bettez leads the charge in Les Canadiennes’ overtime victory - Eyes On The Prize
Bettez had a goal and an assist after singing the national anthem

Furies recap: 218 - Pension Plan Puppets
In their final regular season games the Furies denied Caroline Ouellette one record and got Shannon Moulson another

Calgary Inferno set a franchise record with 38 points with two games left

Next week's games:

Frozen Fantasy Draft: Friday 7:00 pm, Hilton Toronto

All-Star Game: Saturday 1:30 pm, Air Canada Centre 
airing 3:30 pm on Sportsnet

all times EST

Carlee Campbell ready to captain Team White at CWHL All-Star Game - The Ice Garden
A self-proclaimed "grandma rookie", Carlee Campbell didn’t anticipate captaining a CWHL All-Star team. Now that she’s been named captain of Team White, she’s taking it in stride.

A day in the life of Boston Blades GM Krista Patronick - The Ice Garden
We follow around Krista Patronick on a game day in Boston to see what life is like as a GM of the CWHL team.

Caroline Ouellette on verge of CWHL history - Hockey - CBC
Caroline Ouellette's teammates are ready. They want her to have a memento of the women's hockey history she's about to make.

Q&A: Furies' Renata Fast on Wickenheiser, checking, and more - Sportsnet.ca
She played her college hockey with the Clarkson Golden Knights and she is currently a rookie defender in the CWHL with the Toronto Furies. Let's get to know Renata Fast!

Calgary Inferno's Eyes Focused Abroad
The CWHL's reigning Clarkson Cup champion, the Calgary Inferno, is also its most visibly diverse team, drawing players on its first and second rosters from four different nations, winning games all the while.


NWHL

Pride Notebook: Top dogs once more - The Ice Garden
NWHL’s Boston Pride are locked into first place and continue to dominate the rest of the league

Rafter And Packer Hat Tricks Evidence Of Deeper Riveters Offense
On Sunday afternoon the Riveters became the first NWHL team to have two players record a hat trick in the same game.

Riveters, Pride Win As NWHL Heads Into Break
The New York Riveters and Boston Pride captured wins over the Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale, respectively, in NWHL action on February 4.

Next week's games:

Skills Showdown: Saturday, 4:00pm UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

All-Star Game: Sunday, 3:00 pm UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

NWHL on Youtube

all times EST

National Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game comes to Pittsburgh |  Pittsburgh City Paper
"It’s really an entertaining and a great product."

Kelley Steadman hopes to boost women's hockey profile in Pittsburgh next weekend | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Robert Morris director of hockey operations Kelley Steadman is looking forward to flashing her on-ice skills at the NWHL All-Star Game

NWHL Shortens Season, Trims Playoffs
The National Women's Hockey League announced a shortened season and new playoff format, among other changes.

History In The Making: Megan Bozek
Buffalo Beauts blueliner Megan Bozek has had a historic year in 2017.

Zoe Hickel Traded To Connecticut Whale
One day before the newly-established trade deadline, the Connecticut Whale acquired forward Zoe Hickel from the Boston Pride in exchange for Connecticut’s first pick in the 2017 draft, as well as future considerations.

From stick to stripes
Former Boston College women’s hockey star Dana Trivigno ’16 now experiences her passion for the sport from a new perspective.

IIHF

February 9-11: Olympic Qualifications

Group C Women - Final Olympic Qualification - IIHF
Schedule, News and Scores from Switzerland

Group D Women - Final Olympic Qualification - IIHF
Schedule, News and Scores from Japan

Fujimoto standing tall - IIHF
Japan's goaltender set for Olympic challenge

Exciting times for Asia
Challenge Cup, Asian Winter Games set

Doing double duty - IIHF
PR rep Jenike also plays for German women’s team