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The World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships hosts its first women's games this weekend, Team GB hosts its first development camp for women's para ice hockey and USA Hockey starts the Olympic centralization process.

Jennifer Botterill, seen here at the 2010 Olympics, will be named to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame this year
Jennifer Botterill, seen here at the 2010 Olympics, will be named to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame this year
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Quest for On-Ice Equality Echoes a Fight From 30 Years Ago - The New York Times
Justine Blainey-Broker opened the doors for girls and boys to play together. She said the American players’ bid for better pay shows progress must still be made.

Manitoba Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2017 | 680 CJOB
Inductees include Team Canada / CWHL / Harvard alum Jennifer Botterill

What is the AWHL and where did it come from? - The Ice Garden
Does anyone know anything about #awhl2018 because we know absolutely nothing


Deaf hockey

Pair of Bear teens make USA’s deaf hockey team, savor ‘common bond’ with peers | Local | presspubs.com
For hearing-impaired hockey players, awkward moments are inevitable.

Deaf Ice Hockey Championships special for Gintoli family - Connecticut Post
The upcoming World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships will be special for the brothers because of who else will be there: For the first time, there will be a women’s competition, two exhibition games between the national teams of the United States and Canada.

Hamline Senior to Lead First U.S. Deaf Women's Hockey Team | KSTP.com
Representing her country is the culmination of a longtime dream for the Henry Sibley graduate

Jim Kyte’s nieces, pioneering hockey players themselves, follow in footsteps of first legally deaf NHLer | National Post
Emma Kyte never saw her uncle face off against Gretzky or Messier. But in her explanation of why she plays, you'll hear a distinct echo of Jim Kyte


IIHF

Division IB

Slovakia bounces back
Women win promotion at first attempt

Division IB final standings IIHF.com

Division IB final standings

Division IA

Division IA Day 3 standings IIHF.com

Division IA Day 3 standings

USWNT

#BeBoldForChange: Where does women’s hockey go from here? - The Ice Garden
A look at the unwavering unity of the national team and what it could mean for the game

U.S. women's hockey players open up about changing women's sports forever
U.S. hockey players Meghan Duggan, Amanda Kessel and Kendall Coyne open up about the impact of the team's boycott and how it has changed sports indelibly.

After long layoff, Amanda Kessel relishes gold in women's world hockey - Chicago Tribune
Amanda Kessel's first goal of the women's world hockey championships sparked an offensive surge for Team USA, which went on to beat Russia 7-0.

Team USA national team selection camp roster announced - The Ice Garden
Team USA released their roster of 42 players on Friday, which is the first step in selecting the national team that will eventually become the Olympic team.

Watch: USWNT Honored at Fenway Park - The Ice Garden
The gold medal team throws out first pitch in Red Sox pre-game ceremony


Para hockey (Sledge)

Para ice hockey programme to be held in Great Britain
Players from across Great Britain will gather in May for the first ever GB women’s Para ice hockey development camp.


NCAA

Future NCAA Championships Site Selections released | NCAA.com
NCAA announces championship sites through 2022


U Sports

UNB plans to hire coach for new varsity women's hockey team - New Brunswick - CBC News
The University of New Brunswick is preparing its facilities for the new varsity women's hockey team that will be entering the locker room in 2018.



NWHL

Hockey: NWHL announces top jersey sales in 2017
The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) announced its top jersey and shirsey sales during the 2016-17 season.

Are Special Events The NWHL Answer To Olympic Centralization?
When your star players are leaving you en masse, what do you do? If you’re the NWHL, you introduce neutral-site game locations. (interesting speculation from Cimini here but no indication this is how the N is actually going to roll out neutral-site games - ed)

Brianne McLaughlin has no regrets about retiring from hockey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After leading her team to a championship, Brianne McLaughlin is finally saying goodbye to the sport she’s played since she was 5 years old.

Corinne Buie: A Champion, Again & Again
Buffalo Beauts forward Corinne Buie is a champion, once again.

Beauts And Seiling Look To Build On A Winner
The Buffalo Beauts' upcoming offseason looks quite different than the team’s previous one.

Paralyzed NWHL player Denna Laing teams up with ex-NHLer to finish Boston Marathon
Former NHL player Bobby Carpenter and NWHL player Denna Laing teamed up to finish the Boston Marathon in 4:32:30 on Monday.

Madison Packer closes one chapter to open another - The Ice Garden
Two-time All-Star discusses retirement, her next career moves, and her hopes for the NWHL


CWHL

Charity partners to bring Stanley Cup back to Nunavut, with gear for kids
Retired NHL star Lanny McDonald signs autographs in Arctic Bay in May 2016: McDonald, and CWHL player Natalie Spooner will be touring eight Nunavut communities this year with the Stanley Cup, the Clarkson Cup and 150 bags of hockey gear to give away to local youth.

Photos: Goaltenders’ helmets - The Ice Garden
The artistic side of hockey

PyeongChang will have major impact on Calgary Inferno
Eight players from the Calgary Inferno competed in the 2017 Women’s World Championship. As impressive as that number is, its also somewhat alarming.


Men's hockey

Noora Räty re-signs with Nokia Pyry - The Ice Garden
Räty will begin her full season with Pyry in the fall

The TSN Hockey Bobcast - Episode 14 - TSN
In which the Bobfather is asked could a woman every play in the NHL and decides to ask some women! (s/t to KatyaKnappe)