Posts tagged Women’s Hockey

USA Women’s Olympic team revealed; will centralize in Tampa

In front a crowd of young hockey fans and press assembled at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Florida, the public was introduced to the US Women’s National Team who will represent the country at the upcoming 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.

Drumroll please…

Forwards: Meghan Duggan, Kelly Pannek, Brianna Decker, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Hannah Brandt, Hilary Knight, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Kendall Coyne, Annie Pankowski, Amanda Kessel, and Amanda Pelkey.

Defense: Lee Stecklein, Megan Keller, Kali Flanagan, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Emily Pfalzer, Megan Bozek, Gigi Marvin, and Kacey Bellamy.

Goaltenders: Nicole Hensley, Alex Rigsby, and Maddie Rooney.

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Hilary Knight’s OT goal wins U.S. gold over Canada at Women’s Worlds (Video)

What the United States Women’s National Team has done in the past three weeks is nothing short of remarkable.

It’s only fitting they’d close out the 2017 Women’s World Championship against blood rival Canada by defeating them 3-2 in overtime for the US’s first gold on home soil.

In front of a standing room only crowd in Plymouth, Michigan the US got off to a somewhat sluggish start.

Just over a minute into the first period, the United States experienced only their second deficit of the tournament when Jennifer Wakefield and Meghan Agosta get in on the rush.

Wakefield sends a pass to Agosta who snipes it to give the Canadians a 1-0 lead.

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United States defeats Canada in Women’s World Championships opener

The United States Women’s National Team had barely 48 hours to prepare for the Women’s World Championships after an emotional two and a half weeks that nearly led them boycotting the tournament.

Led by Worlds’ rookie Nicole Hensley in net, the defending champion United States women dispatched of blood rival Team Canada 2-0 in the teams’ opening game of the tournament.

For the first time in pretty much forever, the Canadians are without Hayley Wickenheiser who retired earlier this year.

Shannon Szabados returned to the Canadian National Team for the first time since winning Olympic gold in Sochi. Szabados spent four seasons in the SPHL and took a break from National Team play.

Despite out-shooting Canada 11-5 in the first period, the United States appeared to be shaking off some rust as they returned to form. They weren’t bad, just not as crisp as usual.

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Philly columnist illustrates culture change needed at USA Hockey

Wages, marketing, and program development are all part of the National Team’s demands of USA Hockey. However, their decision to boycott and demand equitable treatment goes far beyond the tangible.

The fight is about a culture change not only in USA Hockey, but in the way women’s sports are viewed as a whole.

It’s difficult to understand a situation when you’re not directly impacted by it. Lucky for us, John Smallwood of, has two articles giving his take on the situation with the US Women’s National Team and USA Hockey.

These woefully under-researched, alternative facts-filled columns provides unique insight into what the Women’s Team is facing from an ideological perspective.

It would be too easy to rip Mr. Smallwood a new one by dissecting each post, line by line. (And I don’t feel like having an aneurysm tonight.)

It’s also counterproductive.

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16 U.S. Senators reprimand USA Hockey on treatment of USWNT

The USA Hockey Board of Directors meet today to vote on terms negotiated with the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) in an effort to end the players’ boycott of the Women’s World Championships.

A group of sixteen United States Senators came together to pen a letter to USA Hockey ‘reminding’ the organization not only of their ethical obligations to the USWNT but their legal obligations under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.

The Senators pull zero punches.

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Women’s Hockey Notebook: Meghan Duggan Q&A; USWNT news; Men’s team boycott?

Puck Daddy had the opportunity to interview US Women’s National Team (USWNT) captain Meghan Duggan on the team’s boycott of the upcoming World Championship.

The Q&A with Duggan goes through a majority of the topics to come to light in the past week and a half.

We’re going to do something a bit different.

There has been an amazing amount of reporting on the negotiations. At the end of most of Duggan’s answers, we’ve added links to further reading on the subject covered. It doesn’t encompass everything written but it hits on a lot.

PUCK DADDY: How are you? What’s the last week and a half been like for you?

MEGHAN DUGGAN: I’m good, I’m good. It’s certainly been busy as everyone has been seeing and following in the media. Definitely a lot going on on our end, but I’m confident. Proud of my team and everyone that’s been involved.

It’s been a united group and a really strong group from the start, and that’s the only reason why we’ve been able to, I think, take this stand. It’s because we’re all in this together and been leaning on each other throughout the entire thing and communicating very well and so, yeah, it’s good.

U.S. women, USA Hockey talks: Where things stand. [ESPN]
USA Hockey takes negotiations public, USWNT issues charged response. [Puck Daddy]

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USA Hockey contacting potential replacements; USWNT responds (UPDATE)

Negotiations between USA Hockey and the boycotting US Women’s National Team are still on going after a marathon eight-plus hour in-person session on Monday. The two sides split up to consider what had been discussed.

Training camp for the upcoming Women’s World Championships was set to start on Wednesday; however, USA Hockey was forced to cancel it and an exhibition game against Finland on Friday because they don’t have a team.

On Thursday evening, A.J. Perez of USA Today reported USA Hockey had started to contact players to fill in for the striking USWNT.

Puck Daddy reached out for comment from USA Hockey and received the following statement confirming the report:

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Beauts upset Pride for Isobel Cup; MVP McLaughlin with 60 saves

Buffalo Beauts goaltender Brianne McLaughlin’s professional hockey career came to a close on Sunday in the best way possible: she retires as a champion.

The Beauts went into the Isobel Cup Final as the undisputed underdogs to the Boston Pride. It was the heroics of McLaughlin, with some help from her teammates, that gave the Beauts their first Isobel Cup championship and her the playoff MVP honors. Beating the Pride by a score of 3-2.

McLaughlin adds an Isobel Cup and playoff MVP to her war chest of two Olympic silver medals, two golds and a silver medal from World Championships and wins at the Four Nations Cup. Not a bad career at all.

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Beauts seek revenge vs. Pride in 2017 Isobel Cup Final

WHO: No. 1 Boston Pride vs. No. 3 Buffalo Beauts

WHAT: Isobel Cup Final – winner take all

WHERE: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell

WHEN: TODAY! Sunday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. EST

HOW TO WATCH: or the ABC News app

The last four days have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the members of the US Women’s National team.

While juggling the negotiations with USA Hockey and the media appearances to discuss their cause, a majority of the players had to also finish their professional hockey season in the NWHL.

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USA Hockey takes negotiations public, USWNT issues charged response

Late Friday afternoon, USA Hockey took their negotiations with the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) public releasing a detailed statement regarding demands of the players and what the organization is willing to meet.

“We remain committed to having the players that were selected to represent the U.S. in the upcoming women’s world championship to be the players that are on the ice when the tournament begins,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey via press release.

USA Hockey stated the it would reach out to the attorneys for the USWNT to further the negotiation.

The organization’s statement comes after USA Hockey initially set a 5:00 p.m. EST deadline on Thursday for the USWNT to state their intentions to play in World Championships starting March 31 – an event they are currently boycotting – or allow for USA Hockey to ice another team. The deadline passed without incident. USA Hockey later clarified the deadline was not considered a ‘line in the sand.’

As for the statement itself, it’s lengthy. You can read the entire message here.

We’re working to breakdown and fact check the document. For now, here are the most salient points.

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