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This week has proven that women's ice hockey is growing as a sport at a global level, but the decision at UND shows there's still work to be done.

Rebecca Graeve (9), Nina Kamenik (7), Kerstin Spielberger (19) and Andrea Lanzl (15) of Team Germany
Rebecca Graeve (9), Nina Kamenik (7), Kerstin Spielberger (19) and Andrea Lanzl (15) of Team Germany
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2017 Women's World Championships

New WW format proposed -  IIHF
Women’s Worlds could be extended to 10 teams

Tanya Foley: What I learned about growing women’s sport in the male-dominated hockey world – The Athletic
Women’s sport is finally a topic of conversation in most households these days.

Ten senior rookies with recent U18 experience, ten stories of success waiting to be told
Playing in U18 & WW in the same year

Robb Stauber: U.S. women's hockey coach putting his stamp on team | SI.com
In his new role as the head coach of the U.S. women's national team, Robb Stauber is helping his players see the whole ice, something they've done successfully so far at the Women's World Championship.

After Swedish title, coach joins veteran Boork

Stronghold for Swiss - IIHF
For Florence Schelling her resume speaks for itself. The goalie from Zurich has been writing her own story since she stepped out onto the ice to protect the net

Q & A with Team Finland’s Mira Jalosuo - The Ice Garden
Defenseman Mira Jalosuo looks for more success: "We know we can beat everyone in this tournament."

Germany’s rejuvenation
Coach Hinterstocker has made a difference

Day 3

2017 IIHF Women's World Championships Notebook -- Day 3
Too many penalties kept the Finns from established a rhythm and gave Team USA way too many opportunities on Monday evening.

Women's World Championships: USA tops Finland, now 3–0 | SI.com
Finland further proved its mettle on Monday in going toe-to-toe with the U.S., which finished the opening stage a perfect 3–0. Canada was able to earn

Day 2

2017 IIHF Women's World Championships Notebook -- Day 2
The Finns beat Canada for the first time at the World Championship Saturday night, and we may be able to look back at this as a turning point in Finnish hockey.

Women's World Championships: Raty, Finland edge past Canada | SI.com
Ronja Savolainen scored the go-ahead goal with 1:41 left in the game and Finland killed a penalty to run out time for the Finns’ first-ever World Cham

Canada searching for answers after historic loss to Finland - Sportsnet.ca
Team Canada lost its second straight game of the IIHF Women’s World Championship on Saturday, this time at the hands of a Finnish team that got its first win over Canada in their 21st meeting at this tournament.


Day 1

Gallery: 2017 IIHF Women's World Championships Day 1 3.31.17
Nicole Haase's photo gallery for The Victory Press

Women's Worlds: Questions about nets, U.S. tops Canada in opener | SI.com
The U.S. downed Canada in a marquee opening day matchup at the 2017 Women's World Championship, but Finnish goalie Noora Raty took issue with the nets

2017 IIHF Women's World Championships Notebook -- Day 1
Finland goaltender Noora Räty raised concerns and complaints about the goals and pegs used on the secondary rink on Friday.

'Beer league' net pegs cost Finland winning goal at WWC - InGoal Magazine
Noora Räty had reason to celebrate after backstopping Finland’s first win over Canada at the Women’s World Championship on Saturday but her mood was a lot less celebratory 24 hours earlier after having to deal with inferior net pegs on the international stage.

Previews

World Championship Preview: Canada - The Ice Garden
Canada is hoping to play spoiler at this year’s IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Women’s World Championships 2017 Preview: USA - Pension Plan Puppets
Who wants to watch some real American heroes?

Women’s World Championships 2017 Preview: Russia - Pension Plan Puppets
Will Russia repeat last year’s successful tournament?

World Championship Preview: Germany - The Ice Garden
Team Germany hopes to stun in its reappearance at the World Championship in Plymouth, Mich.

World Championship Preview: Switzerland - The Ice Garden
From Olympic medal to World Championship disappointment — what will this Swiss team do in Plymouth?

World Championship Preview: Finland - The Ice Garden
Finland looks to get back to the podium after barely missing bronze in 2016.

2017 Women's World Championships Division IIA

All’s fair in love and hockey at WWIIA championship - The Ice Garden
The Netherlands won the game 5-4 but Cloë Keijzer and Katie Henry won all of our hearts.

She’s got Seoul: Toronto’s Danelle Im scores for South Korea’s women’s hockey team | TheColorOfHockey
Danelle Im first thought it was one of those Internet scams, you know, like when the prince from some faraway land sends you a too-good-to-be-true email promising to share his vast stolen fortune if you help him by supplying your bank card or social security numbers.

Toronto-born hockey player wants to do Korea proud at Olympics
It was a symbolic moment in South Korean women's hockey at the world championships in Gangneung, and one that the country would love to see often at the Winter Olympics on home ice next year.

N. Korea appreciative of S. Korean support at women's hockey game
North Korea thanked South Korean fans for their raucous support of the team at the women's hockey world championships Sunday.

Hundreds of South Koreans turn out to cheer North Korean ice-hockey team in world championships | The Independent
Hundreds of South Koreans have turned out to support the North Korean women’s ice hockey team, taking part in their first game of this year’s world championships.

N. Korea suffers 2nd straight loss at women's hockey worlds in S. Korea
North Korea fell to the Netherlands 4-2 for its second straight loss at the women's hockey world championships in South Korea on Monday.

S. Korea beats Britain for 2nd consecutive win at women's hockey worlds
South Korea defeated Britain 3-1 for its second consecutive win at the women's hockey world championships on home ice Monday.

USA Hockey

Has USA Hockey given former BC star Blake Bolden a fair shot? - The Boston Globe
Bolden has not been given an opportunity to compete for the 2018 team, despite her talent.

U.S. women's hockey team - The shrewd steps that led U.S. women to landmark deal
Why did the U.S. women's national team reach a historic deal with USA Hockey after tenuous talks? Because the players were willing to risk it all to make it happen. A look at how they did it.

Battle for equality continues for women's hockey - NHL on CBC Sports
Women's hockey took a step forward and a step back in the span of a day this week.

The best women's hockey players in the U.S. can now make a living playing the sport they love thanks to a landmark agreement with USA Hockey reached after a threat to boycott the world championship.

NCAA

'We've run through the stages of grief,' women's hockey coach says | Grand Forks Herald
Brian Idalski was on the ice with his team Wednesday afternoon, conducting one of his hour-long skill practices allowed weekly by the NCAA.

Manitobans left adrift as UND ends women's hockey - Winnipeg Free Press
Two days have passed since Kristen Campbell was hit with the devastating news that the University of North Dakota had eliminated its women’s hockey program.

University of North Dakota Cuts Women’s Hockey Program | Teen Vogue
Find out why the University of North Dakota cut their women’s hockey team and how players and fans are reacting.

5 milestones NCAA women’s hockey fans are still waiting for
Now that NCAA women’s hockey has a multi-championship graduating class from outside the WCHA, Pucks and Rec assesses the top breakthroughs yet to occur.


NWHL

Catching up with Buffalo Beauts' Devon Skeats
With the Buffalo Beauts winning the Isobel Cup not even 2-weeks ago, the team is already enjoying the offseason and the opportunity to showcase the trophy to their faithful fans.

Beauts Show Off Cup | WGRZ.com
The Buffalo Beauts, Buffalo’s National Woman’s Hockey League team, showed off their Isobel Cup Wednesday night.

NWHL: Boston Pride Were Almost Perfect
It's always interesting to see how a championship team enters the year following their big win. After all, you won the biggest prize -- how can you possibly top that?

Riveters 2016-17 Season Recap - Blueshirt Banter
What a ride.