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Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Cassie Campbell-Pascall becomes the first woman on the HHOF Selection Committee

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Jayna Hefford joins the Hall, Jenn Botterill joins the MSG crew and Chloé Aurard has herself a week in the NCAA

Cassie Campbell #77 and Kim St-Pierre #33 of Canada hold Canadian flags and celebrate their 4-1 victory over Sweden to win the gold medal in women’s ice hockey during Day 10 of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 20, 2006 at the Palasport Olim Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Story of the week

Cassie Campbell-Pascall’s inclusion on HHOF committee a no-brainer - Sportsnet.ca
Cassie Campbell-Pascall’s presence on the committee acknowledges work she’s been doing for years.

“It’s about time” is a clichéd reaction to this sort of news. It’s one I certainly had, but my first reaction was actually: “Okay but what happens when she’s nominated for the Hall herself?”

Cassie Campbell-Pascall answered that question herself in the above article — she’ll leave the room. (The actual process for nominating a member of the committee is article 20 here.) As the only hockey player to captain back to back Olympic gold medal winning teams, and the first woman to commentate a national hockey broadcast, she definitely will be nominated at some point (if she hasn’t already been, the Hockey Hall of Fame doesn’t release details of those who have been nominated but not inducted), either as a player or as a builder.

The same background that will likely see her called to the Hall one day is what makes her such a strong pick for the first woman to join the committee. With over a decade of international experience as a player, Campbell-Pascall has played with and against numerous women who deserve to join the Hall of Fame. She’s familiar with names beyond the Canadian and American stars that garner North American attention. As an Olympic commentator she’s mentioned more than one European player she thinks should be in the Hall, for instance Swedish goaltender Kim Martin Hasson, who led her team to an Olympic silver medal.

Each member of the committee is allowed to nominate one person towards each category (player, builder, official) each year. Everyone knows Hayley Wickenheiser will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in the next class, but hopefully Campbell-Pascall can let one of the men make that nomination while she pushes to fill the often-empty second women’s slot, and also nominates a woman as builder.

Cassie can talk all she wants about looking at players who aren’t women, but since retiring as a player she has often been, as Annie puts it “the woman men’s hockey always calls on when they need someone to be The Woman”. Now, with this job, it’s women’s hockey that needs her to use that clout and be The Woman.

Hockey Hall of Fame

Hefford: ‘I was driven by my love for the sport’ - Video - TSN
Jayna Hefford’s formal induction and induction speech (available in Canada only)

The IX: Hockey Friday with Erica Ayala, November 2, 2018
Erica talks to Hefford, O’Ree and Bettman.

SN Q&A with 2018 HHOF inductee Jayna Hefford on her career and CWHL, NWHL merger | NHL | Sporting News

Hefford led by example to make Hockey Hall of Fame, says Campbell-Pascall
Former Canada captain recalls Olympic teammate shunning spotlight, helping others get better

Four Nations Cup

Four Nations Cup Wrap
The final prelims saw Team USA and Team Canada beating Sweden and Finland, respectively, before heading to the usual bronze and gold medal games, cementing that the tournament's final standings would remain the same for a fourth straight year.

IIHF - U.S. takes 4 Nations Cup
Knight scores twice on Canada – plus other highlights worldwide

Four Nations Report Card: Team USA - The Ice Garden
A dominant performance results in a fourth-straight Four Nations gold.

International Hockey

Assessing Team USA Skaters at the International Break - The Ice Garden
A mid-season report card for Team USA’s professional players

One women’s league on the minds of Canadian, U.S. players at Four Nations Cup
Prominent members of the U.S. women’s hockey team moving to Canada to play strengthens speculation that a merger of the top two women’s leagues into one is nigh.

Five questions with Canadian women's hockey team GM Gina Kingsbury - Sportsnet.ca
Five questions with two-time Olympic gold medallist Gina Kingsbury, who took over as Hockey Canada's director of women's national teams this year from Melody Davidson.

Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Botterill joins New York Islanders broadcast - Lighthouse Hockey
Three-time Olympic gold medalist adds more bling — and insight — to MSG

The Curious Case of Captain Tsubasa Sato - The Ice Garden
Japanese reality show “Terrace House: Opening New Doors” gives an inside look at the life of one hockey player

PHOTOS: Hockey history in Surrey as Team India comes to play – North Delta Reporter
Squad played its very first game in Canada on Tuesday against Surrey Falcons

NCAA

Polls: USCHO - USA Today - The Ice Garden

2018-2019 NCAA Women’s Hockey Pairwise Rankings Calculator - BC Interruption
It’s Pairwise Season!

Women's D-I weekend wrap Nov. 11: Bemidji stuns Ohio State, Northeastern stays hot | College Hockey | USCHO.com
Unranked Bemidji State stunned No. 5 Ohio State by sweeping the Buckeyes, No. 6 Northeastern held off New Hampshire's upset bid, and No. 7 Cornell battled Mercyhurst to two ties.

Women’s hockey: Bemidji State sweeps No. 4 Ohio State | NCAA.com
Bemidji State completed a sweep of No. 4 Ohio State with a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Women's D-I: Brown building off early success | College Hockey | USCHO.com
Off to their best start since the 2000-01 season, the Brown Bears have rediscovered the fun in hockey, and their early success has them believing in themselves as a team.

CWHL

Blades coach Paul Kennedy building for the future - The Ice Garden
New coach talks rebuilding, finding a starting goalie, and more

Opinion: Les Canadiennes should retire Noémie Marin’s number - The Ice Garden
It’s time to raise number 10 to the roof.

Gary Bettman and Jayna Hefford Talk #OneLeague (Or Not) at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Having two commissioners and likely several NHL and CWHL staff in one place seemed like a golden opportunity to discuss the future, especially one with several variables to be worked out.

NWHL

2019 NWHL All-Star Weekend Comes to Nashville
he Nashville Predators and National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced a partnership to present 2019 NWHL All-Star Weekend in Music City. Among the highlights of the weekend will be a unique NHL-NWHL doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Katie McGovern and the Whitecaps’ hot start - The Ice Garden
McGovern talks about her hockey roots, her chemistry with Jonna Curtis, and the Whitecaps’ early success

The Whale’s Mrazová: Opening Doors for Czech Women’s Hockey
The Connecticut Whale’s Kateřina Mrázová is the first Czech in NWHL history to have played a game, scored a goal, assist and a point. THW spoke with her.

Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados takes NWHL commute in stride | Regina Leader-Post
Shannon Szabados is getting to know every kilometre of the I-90 on Lake Erie’s south side. The veteran goaltender for the Canadian women’s team makes a 700-kilometre round trip on the interstate from Lorain, Ohio, to Buffalo, N.Y.

U Sports

TOP 10 TUESDAY — U SPORTS
Manitoba remains at number one but Concordia slides two spots

European club hockey

SDHL (Sweden) The SDHL Season So Far - The Ice Garden
The 2018-2019 SDHL season is well underway. With the league on an international break, what better time to take a look at the good, the bad, and the sigh-inducing of elite Swedish women’s hockey?

WHL (Russia) Women’s Hockey Update: November 6th, 2018 | CONWAY’S RUSSIAN HOCKEY BLOG
This time, we will check in with the other four teams in the league, as Biryusa Krasnoyarsk, SKIF Nizhny Novgorod, Dynamo St. Petersburg, and Tornado Moscow Oblast.

AWIHL (Australia)

2018-19 AWIHL season: Round 3 | Ice Hockey News Australia
Round 3 of the 2018-19 Australian Women's Ice Hockey League season has finished with the Perth Inferno defeating the Adelaide Rush in both games of their double header.