The NWHL continues their weekend celebration of women’s hockey with the league’s All-Star Game.
Amanda Kessel (sister of Phil) and Kelley Steadman will lead their respective squads in a gold versus black challenge. The two teams were assembled in January and announced over social media.
Hosting the game this weekend are the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ve thrown their big machine behind the NWHL to promote and help sell out the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex (the practice facility of the Penguins) for the game itself.
Here’s what you need to know going into the game.
Friday night in Toronto, the CWHL All-Stars got together for a good old fantasy draft.
Toronto Furies forward and rookie Carlee Campbell was voted by the fans to captain Team White. Also voted by the fans were her opposition: co-captains Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson leading Team Blue.
Here’s a quick viewing guide to get you ready for today’s game.
LOS ANGELES – The NHL All-Star Weekend hit Los Angeles this weekend, which means another 24 hours of awkward skills competitions, occasional highlights and someone from the home team inevitably winning a car.
What do you most like about the NHL All-Star Game? What do least like about the NHL All-Star Game?
We fired up the Puck Daddy Roundtable and asked. Here are Greg Wyshynski, Sean Leahy, Jen Neale, Josh Cooper, Ryan Lambert and Steve Laidlaw of Puck Daddy on their All-Star likes and dislikes.
LOS ANGELES — When the scientists created Connor McDavid in a lab in the Yukon, not only was he gifted with incredible hockey skill he was given lightning fast speed.
This was proven by his decimation Nathan MacKinnon in the fastest skater competition. McDavid (13.02) beat MacKinnon (13.62) by six-tenths of a second.
Keep in mind, this was a modified route, not a lap around the ice. The full lap came later when McDavid “chose” to go after Dylan Larkin’s record of 13.172 set at last year’s all-star game in a lap around the ice. Larkin broke Mike Gartner’s record of 13.386 set in 1996.
Helene Elliott reported Los Angeles Kings broadcaster (and all around great person) Bob Miller felt unwell as he prepared for broadcast.
After being evaluated by on-site medical staff, Miller was transported to an area hospital out of an abundance of caution for further testing.
Elliott adds, “His medical history factored into the decision to take him to the hospital, said Mike Altieri, the Kings’ senior vice president of communications and broadcasting … Altieri also said Miller was in good spirits as he was transported to the hospital.”
LOS ANGELES — Hey, look! It’s two of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
OK. Maybe that is a bit much, but when one sees a press release that reads “Justin Bieber and Patrick Kane to Play in 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout” all the thoughts start running through your head. These are crazy times we live in.
If you’re unaware who Justin Bieber is – congratulations. Welcome back from space.
The 22-year-old platinum selling recording artist is Canadian and by birth decree a hockey fan. He tries to play as much as possible while he’s on tour. In concert, he’s been know to don the jersey of the local NHL team at the arena he’s playing.
The National Women’s Hockey League will hold their second annual All-Star Game at UMPC Mario Lemieux Sports Complete, the practice facility of the Penguins. The NWHL Skills Competition is on Saturday, Feb. 11 and the All-Star Game is Sunday, Feb. 12.
As such the stylized jerseys feature the black and gold of the Steel City. Team Steadman, captained by Kelley Steadman of the Buffalo Beauts, will don the black jerseys. While Team Kessel, captained by New York Riveters forward Amanda Kessel, will wear gold.
One thing we don’t see is a traditional white jersey, and for that we applaud the NWHL. Their counterparts in the NHL won’t budge on that rule.
In a letter on the NWHL website, league commissioner Dani Rylan hinted at a huge announcement regarding the location of the All-Star Game.
For a league in desperate need of positive PR, it would take a seismic announcement to change the narrative; at least, for a little while. Anything involving the franchise that currently holds the title of defending Stanley Cup champions certainly helps.
The weekend of Feb. 11 and 12 the best of the best in the NWHL will showcase their talents in Pittsburgh (more or less).