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The USWNT takes a stand, the Buffalo Beauts win the Isobel Cup, Clarkson Golden Knights win the NCAA Championship, UAlberta Pandas win the U Sports Championship and New Zealand wins the Asia Challenge Cup.

USWNT players Hilary Knight and captain Meghan Duggan sign autographs for children at a USOC event marking one year to Pyeongchang
USWNT players Hilary Knight and captain Meghan Duggan sign autographs for children at a USOC event marking one year to Pyeongchang
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Team USA’s legal counsel and national team players offer insight on boycott of IIHF World Championships.

The Start

U.S. women's hockey team willing to risk everything for respect
The U.S. women's hockey team is fed up with years of unfair treatment from USA Hockey and will do whatever means necessary until significant change is made.

It's time for USA Hockey to wake up and support the women's team
The U.S. women's hockey team's equality dispute with USA Hockey is no longer just about what it has endured, but what the next generation shouldn't have to.

The Summaries

US Women's National Team Demands Better from USA Hockey
Around 10:00 AM today, many members of the US Women's National Ice Hockey Team tweeted the above statement, stating their intention to boycott the Plymouth, Michigan IIHF Women's World Championship.

Team USA boycott of IIHF Worlds about "more than hockey" - The Ice Garden
The US Women’s National Team is taking a stand for equitable treatment from USA Hockey.

Inside the boycott that could save women’s hockey
How the USWNT’s boycott of the world championships manifested, and where it goes from here.

The Funding

Auston Matthews vs. Makenna Newkirk: The case against USA Hockey - Pension Plan Puppets
Two hockey players from Scottsdale, two very different paths.

Elite athlete funding in the U.S. and Canada: How national team players get paid - The Ice Garden
Hockey Canada and USA Hockey support their athletes' training in different ways, but neither model is what the U.S. Women's National Team is looking for.

The Reactions

Who Do You Pay For: USA Hockey and the Undervaluing of Women Athletes - The Ice Garden
For years, the US national team players have shown up for USA Hockey. Until now.

An Open Letter To USA Hockey: Be Bold For Change - Stanley Cup of Chowder
It's time to either get with the program, or get out the way of progress. Be Bold For Change.

Separate and unequal.

Alana Blahoski on USA Hockey, the USWNT and the Boycott
1998 US Olympic gold medalist Alana Blahoski provides insight on the current battle between USA Hockey and the Women's National Team.

U.S. women's hockey team threatens boycott over wages - CBC Sports - Road to the Olympic Games winter sports
Canadian players, officials sympathize, but stress positive relationship

The Developments

Women's boycott highlights opportunity for major change at USA Hockey
Archaic is a pretty good word to describe the mentality of the USA Hockey Federation, and not just in the organization's treatment of the women.

Ice hockey: U.S. women's team hold productive talks in wage fight | Reuters
The U.S. women's ice hockey team threatening to boycott the world championships over a wage dispute held productive talks with USA Hockey on Monday and will continue discussions this week in the hope of reaching a deal.

U Sports

U of A Pandas earn 8th national women's hockey title - Edmonton - CBC News
Double overtime championship winning goal scored by a rookie defenceman as the University of Alberta Pandas Hockey wins the U SPORTS Championship 2-1 in Napanee, Ont. against the McGill Martlets.

Martlets, Pandas to meet in U Sports women's hockey championship | The Chronicle Herald
Tricia Deguire stopped all 17 shots she faced as the No. 4 McGill Martlets upset the No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds 1-0 on Saturday to move on to the gold-medal game at the U Sports women's hockey championship.

St. F.X.’s Bujold named player of the year in U Sports women’s hockey - Local Xpress
Sarah Bujold of the St. Francis Xavier X-Women is the U Sports women’s hockey player of the year.


Clarkson stuns Wisconsin, takes home national championship - The Ice Garden
Patty-Kazmaier nominee Cayley Mercer pots two goals against Ann-Reneé Desbiens in the NCAA championship game.

Mercer proves her worth - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship - Plymouth, USA - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF
Cayley Mercer didn’t win the Patty Kazmaier Award on Friday but then led the Clarkson University to the NCAA women’s ice hockey championship during the weekend.

Wisconsin Edges Boston College Women's Hockey in Frozen Four - The Heights
Mellissa Channell scored with 16 seconds remaining in the third period, lifting No. 1 Wisconsin over Boston College women's hockey, 1-0, in the Frozen Four.

Late-game heroics send Clarkson to NCAA final - The Ice Garden
It was a back-and-forth battle, but Clarkson’s Rhyen McGill came in clutch with the GWG late in the third.

Canadian Ann-Renee Desbiens named top player in NCAA women’s hockey
The University of Wisconsin goalie battled back from multiple injuries to post a career year in her senior season.

NCAA: Sidney Peters Is a Backup No More
Sidney Peters is living a lot of young goalies' dreams.


Two Leagues, One Movement: The Problematic Nature of Calls for a CWHL-NWHL Merger | Sport in American History
However, these calls for league mergers are made without any acknowledgement of the philosophical and managerial differences between the two leagues, making a merger challenging.


Buffalo Beauts defeat the Boston Pride in Isobel Cup Final - Stanley Cup of Chowder
And here’s why you should be excited about it.

NWHL: Buffalo Beauts Capture Isobel Cup Championship
The Buffalo Beauts captured the NWHL's Isobel Cup with a 3-2 victory over the defending champion Boston Pride on March 19 at the Tsongas Center.

Buffalo Sabres Will Not Be The First Pro Hockey Team To Bring A Cup To The 716
The Buffalo Sabres have lost the chance to say that they will be the first professional hockey team to win a championship for the 716.

Gallery: The NWHL Isobel Cup Final - The Ice Garden
Relive the Buffalo Beauts’ Isobel Cup victory in photos.

NWHL: Beauts, Pride Set for Isobel Cup Rematch
For the second consecutive season, the NWHL’s Isobel Cup Final will feature the Boston Pride and the Buffalo Beauts. This time, it all comes down to one game.

Game Gallery: Boston Pride vs. Connecticut Whale - Isobel Cup Semi-Finals - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A photo gallery of the Isobel Cup Semi-Final game featuring the Boston Pride and the Connecticut Whale

NWHL Announces 2016-17 Season Awards
Tuesday the NWHL announced its awards of the 2016-17 season, despite blizzard conditions locking down the entire Northeast of the United States.

Beauts May Be Due For A New Approach
Leaving this here for irony - nafio

Q & A with Buffalo's Emily Janiga
Buffalo's Emily Janiga on her hot hands: "I’ve been putting extra time in off the ice knowing that I had a few things to work on in specific areas."

Madison Packer's Retirement Leaves Big Hole On Riveters
You’d be hard-pressed to find a player stronger or tougher than Packer in the NWHL.


Kiwi girls win in Bangkok
Finish Challenge Cup of Asia ahead of Thailand

Ihockey - North Korea ice hockey team asks to play in South
North Korea's women's ice hockey team has asked for permission to play in South Korea, an official said, in what appears a positive sign ahead of next year's Pyeongchang Olympics.

IIHF Women's World Championships

Pasi Mustonen asks, "who needs women?" - The Ice Garden
Just days before and after Team USA went on strike, Team Finland’s head coach went to bat for equality

Nordic rosters known - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship - Plymouth, USA - International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF
Finland and Sweden have named their rosters for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in the U.S. while the Czechs started their camp.

International Leagues

Finnish Women's Hockey League Unveils New Name, Logo - The Ice Garden
Naisten Liiga will replace Naisten SM-Sarja next season.