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Canadiennes conquer the Clarkson Cup, Mexico golden in Div IIB, Golden Knights topple Cornell, Thunderbirds win Canada West, McGill takes RSEQ and more.

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The 2016-17 Canadiennes de Montréal celebrate their Clarkson Cup win
The 2016-17 Canadiennes de Montréal celebrate their Clarkson Cup win
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Triple Gold Club | International Hockey Lineal Championship
The IIHF doesn't recognize it yet, but for women, the Triple Gold Club consists of Olympic and World Championship gold medals, and a Clarkson Cup Championship.


U Sports

STU women's hockey season ends in defeat - The Aquinian
The X’s ended up aligning almost perfectly for the St. Francis Xavier University X-Women against the Tommies in the Atlantic University Sport women’s hockey semifinals.

Atlantic University Sports Finals Preview - The Ice Garden
With the championship on the line, Saint Mary’s looks to defeat St Francis Xavier for their second straight Atlantic Title

McGill blanks Concordia to capture 14th Quebec women's hockey championship | McGill Athletics & Recreation
Gabrielle Davidson of Pte. Claire, Que., scored the game-winner with her fifth goal of the post-season as the fourth-ranked McGill University women's hockey team blanked Concordia 3-0 to capture the Dr. Ed Enos Cup as champions of the RSEQ conference, Saturday, at Ed Meagher Arena.

Lakers edge Voyageurs in win or go home game - Sudbury.com
Nipissing knocks off Laurentian ladies in OUA playoffs

Game #3 of Waterloo-Guelph OUA women’s hockey playoff goes limit | CTV Kitchener News
Waterloo's historic women’s hockey season came to an end

Back-to-back Champs! - The University of British Columbia Athletics
The UBC Thunderbirds are Canada West champions after a 1-0 win over the Alberta Pandas in Game 3 of the conference final Sunday afternoon at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.



NCAA

Div I Polls: USCHO | Ice Garden

2017 NCAA Women’s Hockey Tournament Bracket Revealed, Game Times Announced - BC Interruption
The Eagles are hosting!

Robert Morris Captures 2017 CHA Championship
The top-seeded Robert Morris Colonials captured the College Hockey America (CHA) Championship with a 2-0 win over the Syracuse Orange.

GOAL BY GOAL: Champions Again! BC Women’s Hockey Wins Hockey East Title 2-1 (OT) Against Northeastern - BC Interruption
Another overtime thriller, and another BC victory!

McGill's Goal Wins Clarkson Its First ECAC Championship | Clarkson University Athletics
CLARKSON Earns #2 seed in 17th National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Championship. The Knights will battle Cornell again on Saturday, March 11 at Cheel Arena, 3:00 p.m. in quarterfinal competition.

Gophers women face tough road in NCAA hockey tournament | College | winonadailynews.com
MINNEAPOLIS — A loud cheer erupted inside the Gophers women’s hockey locker room Sunday night, when official word came that Minnesota would be playing at Minnesota Duluth in Saturday’s NCAA

Nurse sparks Badgers to third straight WCHA Final Face-Off title :: USCHO.com College Hockey Game Recaps :: U.S. College Hockey Online
Senior Sarah Nurse scored one goal and assisted on two others in the third period to break open a tie game and propel Wisconsin to a third-consecutive WCHA playoff crown with a 4-1 defeat of Minnesota Duluth.

NWHL: Four draft picks were picked as finalists for the Kazmaier Award
Four players from the 2016 NWHL Draft were named as finalists for the Kazmaier Award. The honor is awarded to the best player in Division I hockey.


CWHL

Champions! Les Canadiennes win the Clarkson Cup - Eyes On The Prize
Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice, Charline Labonté makes 26 saves

‘It’s our Stanley Cup, for sure’: Les Canadiennes de Montreal savour victory - The Globe and Mail
As the Montreal team defeats the Calgary Inferno to hoist the Clarkson Cup, the win sends a message to critics of women’s hockey: This game isn’t going anywhere

Les Canadiennes have nothing left to prove after Clarkson Cup win - Sportsnet.ca
In a nod to the legacy of Les Canadiennes, captain Marie-Philip Poulin got down on one knee to present the Cup to her childhood hero whom she used to watch on television.

One For, One Also For: Breaking down the Clarkson Cup’s two offences - Pension Plan Puppets
What makes the Calgary Inferno and Canadiennes de Montreal so good offensively? Let’s dig in.

The CWHL Awards were presented last night at the Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton University.

Female players in Canada have come a long way since 1990, but still can’t make a living playing game

Women's hockey league appreciates assists its getting from NHL, NHLPA - CBC Sports
Sunday's Clarkson Cup in Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre between the defending champion Calgary Inferno and Les Canadiennes de Montreal will be the third CWHL game played in an NHL arena this season.

Will the CWHL move the Clarkson Cup Final next season? - The Ice Garden
After this weekend’s festivities are over and its two year deal with the Senators is up, the CWHL will need to find another place to host the Clarkson Cup.

CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress talks Clarkson Cup format, expansion, paying players, more TV broadcasts - Pension Plan Puppets
The CWHL commish is confident in the league’s foundation, but growth must come slowly.

Du boulot à l'aréna : la vie d’une joueuse des Canadiennes | ICI.Radio-Canada.ca
Incursion dans l'univers d'une équipe féminine de hockey professionnel.

Ann-Sophie Bettez is the most dominant player you’ve never heard of - Eyes On The Prize
You can’t ignore the numbers: No player has done what Bettez has since joining the CWHL

Meg Hewings's rise to GM of CWHL dynasty Les Canadiennes - Sportsnet.ca
Meg Hewings is the general manger of Les Canadiennes de Montreal, a veritable dynasty in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League regardless of the result of Sunday’s Clarkson Cup match against the Calgary Inferno.

20 Questions with Natalie Spooner: On scars, minor theft and ‘gold medal in the face’ – The Athletic [PAYWALL]
Everyone has a nickname, and Natalie Spooner, having picked a seat in the arena lobby after an on-ice workout in Toronto's west end, was asked for hers.

Iya Gavrilova's impressive journey to the Clarkson Cup - Sportsnet.ca
Iya Gavrilova has already enjoyed an illustrious career at every level she's reached. Now she sets her sights on being the first Russian to raise the Clarkson Cup.

"2016 was a year of ups and downs, on and off the ice. It was a learning process for everyone, and now we push on."


NWHL

NWHL: To No One's Surprise, Pride Remain Perfect
The Boston Pride captured two wins in NWHL action this weekend, remaining undefeated on the season with just one weekend remaining.

Next weekend's games:

Beauts @ Whale: Sunday, 3:00 pm

Pride @ Riveters: Sunday, 4:00 pm

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Having Fun With It: Retiring Brianne McLaughlin Reflects On Her Career
On Feb. 11, two-time Olympic silver medalist and inaugural Buffalo Beauts goaltender Brianne McLaughlin announced her retirement.

Riveters' Weber Heating Up at the Right Time
Janine Weber on the NWHL: "I think if you like hockey, and you give the women’s game a good chance I don’t see why people wouldn’t like it."

Hockey: 2017 NWHL Awards to be announced March 14
The 2017 NWHL Awards will be announced March 14 and debut a new honor called "The Fans’ 3 Stars of the Season," the league announced Monday.



IIHF

This week's games:

Challenge Cup of Asia Scores and Schedule
Mar 7 - 15, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand

Challenge Cup of Asia begins
Bangkok hosts two tournaments in March

Viva Mexico!
Div. IIB gold highlights women’s rapid progress

Swiss ready for Plymouth - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship - IIHF
23-player roster names for Women’s Worlds

WW host names roster - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship - IIHF
23 players make team for Plymouth

Stauber named head coach - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship -  IIHF
USA coaching staff includes Strot, Mara, Tamer, Richter

Thrice is nice for N.L.'s Sarah Davis, named to Canada's hockey team - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News
Newfoundland and Labrador will once again have representation on Canada's national women's team, thanks to Sarah Davis of Paradise.

Ryerson hockey player headed to South Korean Olympic team | The Eyeopener
Danelle Im’s journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea began with a bizarre internet message from an unknown sender.

GB WOMEN NAME SQUAD FOR KOREA – IHUK
Great Britain Women have named their squad for next month’s IIHF World Championship (Division 2A) in Gangneung.


International Leagues

Digit Murphy joins Kunlun Red Star as Head Coach
It is also the first time KRS Women’s Hockey team exposed the public’s attention. (s/t to @ChunkletsHockey for the link)