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Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Race in women’s hockey

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Plus Leif Boork and the Damkronorna and other news from league to league to league

Angela James at  the HHOF Legends Classic Hockey Game
Angela James #8 skates at the Legends Classic Hockey Game at the Air Canada Centre on November 7, 2010
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Articles of the Week

Four American Women of Color Navigating Hockey's Whiteness

VP Roundtable: On Race and Representation in Women's Hockey

We’ve picked these two articles from the Victory Press as the Articles of the Week because they’re well-written and thoroughly cover the issue of race in hockey, specifically how it plays out in women’s hockey.

We’re not going to break down these articles, generally we feel like they need to be read without our commentary. However, we did want to provide some framing that’s not explicit in the articles. Although there’s some token mention of the CWHL and Canadian hockey, these articles are very much coming from an American perspective, with a focus on the NCAA, the NWHL, and USA Hockey. In addition, the women in the roundtable have a more recent knowledge of hockey - their focus seems to be 2014 and forward. For instance, there’s mention of HHOF member Angela James in the first article but she doesn’t come to mind when the roundtable lists women of colour.

That said, these are discussions we’re often afraid to have, and the women involved in these articles are well qualified to have them. Hopefully you’ll read both and learn a few things.

IIHF

The curious case of Leif Boork - The Ice Garden
Team Sweden’s head coach has alienated players and led the team to their worst season since 2002. Is the failure just with him, or does it go deeper into the organization?

Women’s Worlds grow
Top division to grow from 8 to 10 teams

Canada’s National Women’s Team to host training camp in Fredericton, N.B.
28-player centralization roster to train in Fredericton May 26-June 12

Swiss Women's Hockey Team Has A Lot To Prove At PyeongChang
The Swiss women's hockey national team made history when it took home the bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Finland begins Olympic preparations, announces first camp roster - The Ice Garden
Camp starts May 21 as PyeongChang selection process kicks off

Ruggiero Inducted Into IIHF Hall of Fame
American Angela Ruggiero was formally enshrined into the IIHF Hall of Fame here today, along with players Saku Koivu, Uwe Krupp, Joe Sakic and Teemu Selanne, and builder Dieter Kalt as part of the the IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

NWHL

Thomas Poeck replaces Bobby Jay as Pride’s head coach - The Ice Garden
Another former NHLer takes on coaching duties in the NWHL.

Lexi Bender Re-Signs With Boston Pride - BC Interruption
Bender is entering her second year in the NWHL

2016 NWHL Draft prospect profile: Sydney Rossman - The Ice Garden
The CT Whale ink Quinnipiac’s Rossman

CWHL

CWHL Boston Blades Showing Slow And Steady Improvement
The Boston Blades clearly have a lot of work to do before the team returns to the CWHL Clarkson Cup Playoffs.

Report: China's HC Kunlun Red Star to ice a CWHL team in 2017-18 - The Ice Garden
HC Kunlun Red Star announced the development of a professional women's team at a press conference in Beijing, with CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress in attendance

Red Star Women’s Ice Hockey Announce June 6th Exposure Camp – Kunlan Red Star
Kunlun Red Star (KRS) Women’s Ice Hockey team is proud to announce that they will be hosting an Exposure Camp open to all full Chinese and ethnic Chinese women with Ice Hockey experience.

Disciplined Approach From New Coach Jackson Could Spark Brampton
Turnover in the CWHL continues heading into its 11th season. With each team looking for a general manager, the Brampton Thunder also learned early in the offseason that head coach Tyler Fines would be leaving.

SDHL (Sweden)

One more Year at Linköping HC |
Back in 2015, I was working at the International Ice Hockey Federation and had another year in my contract with the 1. League with EHC Bülach's man's team.

SWHL (Switzerland)

Blake Bolden says goodbye to NWHL and Boston, and hello to Lugano, Switzerland | TheColorOfHockey
For Blake Bolden, it's a matter of curing a case of wanderlust and fulfilling the desire to keep on keeping on in hockey.

Two French players sign with Neuchâtel Hockey Academy, Marty and Fischer to join Reinach - swisshockeynews.ch
Both Gendarme, 26, and Gonçalves, 24, are long-time French national team players.

EWPIHL (England, 2nd tier)

Streatham Storm win English Women's Premier League title
Streatham Storm, London’s only women’s ice hockey team, romped to the English Women’s Premier League title on Sunday with a thumping 12-1 win at Chelmsford that clinched promotion to the top level Elite league for next season.