Training camp is underway in the PWHL, with media day, testing, and introductions happening in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Minnesota, Boston, and New York. It's an exciting day for Women's hockey, especially considering the now-appropriate standard of facilities the players and teams are now able to work from. Here's a quick journey around what the new top professional women's hockey league looks like:
Toronto – the Toronto (maybe Torch???) are using the Ford Performance Centre in Etobicoke as their regular practice facility and home base, with games played at Mattamy Athletic Centre. Run by the Leafs, the training and medical facilities are top of the line, as are the many ice sheets. The players have been waiting for this for generations, it may seem like a small thing for NHL fans, but it's a big deal here (depressing, but still true).
Boston – branding, lounges, offices, state-of-the-art training facilities for the team setting themselves up in the Boston suburb of Wellesley.
Ottawa – I hate to admit it, but Ottawa had the most adorable first day of camp. They are rooming with the Ottawa 67s at TD Place at Lansdowne PArk, south of the main town. The junior team gifted the PWHLers friendship bracelets and swag at stalls!
Ottawa also got some love from the local community, with local minor hockey teams writing messages and drawing art.
Here's a rundown of the first day from Karissa Donkin at CBC.
Also in PWHL news, (I really want to say the Torch, I really like the name!) Toronto signed Hannah Miller, who was one of the top players in the Russian women's hockey league. She was drafted 74th overall by Toronto.
Cathy has the rosters below:
Here are some quotes from the Toronto players and staff on the first day of school.
PWHL advisory board member and de-facto spokesman, Stan Kasten, says the ticket deposit drive was very strong for the league. The PWHL also has a goal to televise every game in every market this season, not just stream. That's a big step from the CWHL, PHF/NWHL, and PWHPA, and with it will come sustainable revenue.
Various Leafs and Branches
Can both Minten and Cowan make the WJC team?
Cowan might sneak in! He's on pace for 122 points, which would have led the OHL last season!
Where in the world is John Klingberg? Wait, don't tell me, I don't want to know.
Or maybe... Christmas 2023?
I wish the Leafs brought Dennis Hildeby with them to Sweden, but he's doing amazingly well for the Toronto Marlies in his first season here and getting some lines in the local newspaper.
"The innocent Palestinians deaths and casualties must not be ignored, prompting a responsibility to call for an immediate ceasefire. My hope is for a future where Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace, security, and prosperity." - Nazem Kadri.
Meanwhile, here's a story on the Flames players getting thrown for a loop from Zadorov's trade request.
Also out west, the story behind the Vancouver Canucks Diwali Night logo! Lets go!!