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Is it time for Real Hockey yet? (voices from over the Atlantic “Yes!”) Okay but like, real hockey we can watch on a regular basis and in our time zones? (It’s all about us, you see.)
Not quite, but it is pre-season! Where the games don’t count but the hockey is starting to look like the real thing and we get our first looks at some brand-new lineups. Or, in some cases, some possible new lineups.
The NWHL season starts the weekend of (Canadian) Thanksgiving and the CWHL gets going the weekend after that. In the meantime, there will be lots of pro team vs pro team and pro team vs college team action for those of you who are local to an NWHL or CWHL team and even for some of you who aren’t. The Ice Garden has helpfully compiled a comprehensive list of pre-season games and some of them are fairly far afield of the teams’ home rinks.
Pre-season is fun because lineups and/or line combinations are still kind of fluid, the number of “away” games mean fans who are less local get to see some kick-ass hockey, and often games are cheaper than normal, or even free.
Sometimes old jerseys get hauled out as numbers shift and new gear has yet to arrive. You’ll see rookies with their college gloves or pants or pads that entirely clash with their new team’s jerseys. If you like to be able to say you saw the first such-and-such (like Annie did in her preview last season), a pre-season game is where it’s at.
The jersey issue and the farther-flung games can sometimes make covering women’s hockey challenging in the pre-season. There’s a lot of taking notes frantically and noting that “player 14” looked good without the faintest idea of who player 14 was, unless she scored.
Still, the best thing about pre-season hockey is that it means the Real Thing is just around the corner!
Teaching moments abound for journeywoman goalie Kelsey Neumann
Buffalo ESL teacher Kelsey Neumann hopes her "other" career will soon impel her to swap roles and learn French as a goalie for Les Canadiennes de Montreal.
Noémie Marin and Cathy Chartrand among eight Canadiennes to announce retirement - Eyes On The Prize
The all-time leading CWHL goal-scorer and scoring defender among players to not return this season.
CWHL News: 2018-19 CWHL season tickets are on sale now! - Pension Plan Puppets
You can see the Clarkson Cup champions for $12.50 a game.
2018 NWHL Free Agency Tracker - The Ice Garden
Your convenient one-stop shop for all the NWHL signing news. Some rosters are already full!
Key players missing from Beauts’ roster - Die By The Blade
Is Kourtney Kunichika done for good?
NWHL MVP Alexa Gruschow Re-Signs with Metropolitan Riveters - The Ice Garden
The NWHL’s reigning MVP is back
Whitecaps partner with TRIA in historic three-year deal - The Ice Garden
The NWHL has its first team-specific sponsorship deal
Women’s Hockey Analytics Primer - The Ice Garden
Let’s talk about stats, baby
European club hockey
HV71’s Sabina Eriksson Hurt, Alba Gonzalo Returns - The Ice Garden
Changes in HV71’s net as Eriksson’s season is over.
Big bang for Linköping against Leksand | Aftonbladet
Last year’s final team Linköping drove to Leeksand - just the day after the team won the same team with 3-2.
Luleå Hockeys Ebba Berglund has dislocated her jaw 65 times | Aftonbladet
She was in the final against Luleå last year.
Agidel makes immediate statement - The Ice Garden
In a rematch of last year’s Russian final, Agidel showed Tornado that they were still the queens of Russian women’s hockey
After leading host nation Korea in the 2018 Olympic Games, netminder Sojung Shin says goodbye to hockey - The Ice Garden
She made her Olympic dreams come true, what comes next might be just as magical!
China’s Olympic dream
Kunlun women’s GM talks of building toward 2022 (nb: Rob Morgan has since accepted a coaching position in the NCAA but this is a very illuminating interview)
Meet Gina Kingsbury, the manager tasked with re-establishing Canada as the dominant power in women’s hockey – The Athletic (SUBSCRIPTION)
Managing a national team is a massive undertaking at the best of times, but Canada faces some unique challenges as Kingsbury settles in.
NCAA Highlight: Kelly Pannek
In December 2016, Kelly Pannek had never been invited to a senior camp with USA Hockey. Fifteen months later, she won an Olympic gold medal.
The Ice Garden’s NCAA Fantasy Hockey Strategy Guide - The Ice Garden
Note: this guide is not guaranteed to be useful.
College women’s hockey: UMD’s Rooney named WCHA Preseason Player of the Year; team picked fourth | Duluth News Tribune
The puck has yet to drop on the 2018-19 women’s college hockey season, but Minnesota Duluth goaltender Maddie Rooney is already garnering honors.
Para ice hockey
Canada announce women’s Para ice hockey team
Eleven return from 2017 roster following impressive World Cup
Women’s hockey lose against UOttawa in frosh week game – The Charlatan, Carleton's independent newspaper
Carleton Ravens women’s hockey head coach Pierre Alain called his team’s frosh week game against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees a “great feeling” despite the 4-1 defeat.
Reds Win - University of New Brunswick
The returning UNB Reds women’s hockey team found their offence and the win column on Sunday.
Women’s hockey media
The IX: Hockey Friday with Erica L. Ayala, September 14, 2018
Interview with Melissa Burgess of Victory Press / the WHMA.