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Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Smile Japan rejoins Top division

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Canada beats the USA at Deaf Worlds, UND players are moving on, and the Fabs have a trade to announce!

Japan v Germany - Women's Ice Hockey Olympic Qualification Final - Group D
Akane Hosoyamada (8) of Team Japan, who also plays for the Calgary Inferno
Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Deaf hockey

Game 1: Canada 6, USA 4

Game 2: Canada 6, USA 3

Purdy readies for world championships | News, Sports, Jobs - The Mining Gazette
Hockey comes in many forms. Given that the sport seemingly requires the ability to use your arms, legs, eyes, and ears, it would seem a long shot that a player with a disability can play it at a highly competitive level.

Women’s hockey makes history with Deaf Hockey World Championship
On April 19, the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association kicked off the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships at the Northtowns Center in Amherst, New York; a suburb of the city of Buffalo.

IIHF

Smile Japan continues to grow stronger as Olympics approach
The Division I round robin tournament of the 2017 Women’s Worlds in Austria is over. The result — Smile Japan has returned to the IIHF’s top division.

Japan women's ice hockey team secures promotion to top flight | The Japan Times
Japan beat Austria 4-1 for its fourth victory at the second-tier women's ice hockey world championships on Thursday, earning promotion to the elite division

Eagle Rising (IIHF)
Austria's women closing the gap

The Pinter sisters (IIHF)
Having already survived a relegation battle this season, Lili and Hanna Pinter's experiences from Sweden's top league will stand them in good stead as Hungary aims to spring a surprise in the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.

Japan wins Division IA. Austria is second, Norway third, Denmark fourth, Hungary fifth and France last
Division IA final standings
IIHF.com

Women’s world hockey championships flopped at the gate (Detroit News)
Only 20,034 fans attended 22 matches in USA Hockey Arena.

NCAA

The Death, and Life, of a Hockey Program
On March 29, I sat in the stands and watched a hockey team I loved skate for the final time.

North Dakota goaltender Kristen Campbell transferring to Wisconsin (Wiscnews.com)
She'll have three seasons of eligibility remaining and can play next season because North Dakota eliminated its women's hockey program.

NCAA Frozen Four landscape denotes shift in women’s hockey power
Women’s hockey has long been considered a Midwestern sport in the U.S.

Three NCAA players who could play their way onto Team USA
Team USA wants to send its brightest stars — while still forming a coherent team — to the 2018 Olympic Games scheduled to take place in PyeongChang, South Korea. Forty-three players have been invited to spring camp to try out for the Olympics.

With Josh Brandwene retiring, Penn State women’s hockey gets chance at fresh start (The Daily Collegian)
It was long past due for Brandwene to move on from the women’s hockey program.

CWHL

Les Canadiennes acquire Kayla Tutino - Eyes On The Prize
The Montreal native was acquired in a trade from Boston

NWHL

"From Across the Eastern Sea": NY Riveters Goalie Sojung Shin (The Hockey Writers)
New York Riveters goaltender Sojung Shin has been a busy young lady. When I initially spoke with her at the beginning of April, she was gearing up to participate in the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Division II-A Championship in Gangneung; a city in her homeland of South Korea.

Q&A: Brianne McLaughlin talks next steps (The Ice Garden)
The veteran goaltender talks about hanging up the skates in the NWHL after two seasons and an Isobel Cup with the Beauts.

Re-signing Russo and D’Oench must be a top priority for Riveters
We don’t know if Chad Wiseman will be back as the New York Riveters head coach and general manager next season. What we do know is that the Riveters have a lot of work to do next month.

Gallery: Pat McCarthy’s Top Shots - The Ice Garden
Top photos from the NWHL and NCAA season by Pat McCarthy

Gallery: Al Saniuk’s Top Shots - The Ice Garden
Top photos from the NWHL and CWHL season by Al Saniuk

AWIHL

Behind the mask with Sera Dogramaci of the Sydney Sirens - The Ice Garden
"Smile. Tarik. Enjoy."