UNB plans to hire coach for new varsity women’s hockey team

Posted by Amey Doyle on April 12, 2017
UNB plans to hire coach for new varsity women’s hockey team
A new Aitken Centre office for the future coach is being created and dressing room will see major upgrade.

The University of New Brunswick is preparing its facilities for the new varsity women's hockey team that will take to the ice in 2018. 

The university will be upgrading the dressing room that is currently used by the women's hockey club team, and it has already added a coach's office in the Aitken Centre.

The question now is, who will get to use...

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Women’s hockey, soccer stars score big wins toward brighter future

Posted by Amey Doyle on April 10, 2017
Women’s hockey, soccer stars score big wins toward brighter future
Contemporary sportswomen realize it's not about whether you won or lost, but how you fought for equality of opportunity.

In a matter of days, female athletes around the globe scored a trio of wins in their fight for equality after decades of work.

The U.S. women’s national soccer team struck a new collective agreement with their federation, ending more than a year of at times contentious negotiations, with players seeking comparable compensation to the men’s national team.

It followed...

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USA beats Canada in OT to win women’s world championship

Posted by Amey Doyle on April 08, 2017
USA beats Canada in OT to win women’s world championship

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — An empowered U.S. women’s hockey team backed up their off-ice win before the world championship began by winning gold Friday.

Hilary Knight blocked a shot in Canada’s end and scored on an odd-man rush at 10:17 of overtime to lift the host country to a 3-2 victory and a fourth straight world championship.

The U.S. women threatened to boycott the tournament if USA Hockey didn’t increase their support, financial and otherwise, to something closer to...

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Canada to face Finland in women’s world hockey championship semifinal

Posted by Amey Doyle on April 05, 2017
Canada to face Finland in women’s world hockey championship semifinal

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Finland earned another showdown with Canada at the women’s world hockey championship.

The Finns blanked Sweden 4-0 in Tuesday’s quarter-final. They’ll face the Canadians in Thursday’s semifinals. Finland beat Canada for the first time ever 4-3 in the preliminary round.  Germany, the country promoted from the second-tier world championship, upset Russia 2-1 in the other quarter-final and will face defending champion United States on Thursday.

Marie Delarbre and Kerstin Spielberger scored for the...

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Canada’s Women’s Team ‘Shocked’ by NHL Decision to Skip Winter Olympics

Posted by Amey Doyle on April 05, 2017
Canada’s Women’s Team ‘Shocked’ by NHL Decision to Skip Winter Olympics
Women’s hockey was introduced to the Olympic program at the 1998 Games in Nagano, the same year NHL players began participating.  

PLYMOUTH, MICH.—The NHL’s decision not to release players for next year’s Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea comes as a surprise to some of the Canadian players at the women’s world hockey championship.

“We were kind of shocked. We thought they’d figure something out to get them there,” forward Natalie Spooner said Tuesday.<...

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Retiring star Hayley Wickenheiser paved the way for female hockey players

Posted by Amey Doyle on January 15, 2017
Retiring star Hayley Wickenheiser paved the way for female hockey players

When Hayley Wickenheiser sees girls dragging hockey bags into arenas, she feels a sense of accomplishment.

The normalcy of girls playing hockey is what she sweated for, fought for, and shed tears for.

When Wickenheiser started playing 33 years ago, there were no girls’ teams. She played with boys and wasn’t always welcomed by players or their parents.

“The greatest stride’s been made in the acceptance of girls playing the game,” says Wickenheiser. “Any little girl...

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Women’s hockey pushes forward but a familiar question remains: What happens next?

Posted by Amey Doyle on January 10, 2017
Women’s hockey pushes forward but a familiar question remains: What happens next?

Interest in the game spikes every four years when the Olympics rolls around, but wanes in between. The creation of two competing professional leagues has given more women the chance to play at a high level outside of their national team and college programs, but are those options sustainable? As Eric Duhatschek reports, joining forces and establishing stronger ties to the National Hockey League may be the best path forward.

The most dramatic and uplifting hockey game played at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi...

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2018 Olympic decisions on the horizon for Canadian women’s hockey team

Posted by Amey Doyle on April 04, 2016
2018 Olympic decisions on the horizon for Canadian women’s hockey team

KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- The Winter Olympics in 2018 feel like they're coming sooner to players on the Canadian women's hockey team.

The players invited to try out for the team attempting to defend gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and win a fifth Olympic title in a row will be revealed a year from now.

General manager Melody Davidson and the coaching staff expected to be announced this year will have a fairly clear picture heading into the 2017 women's world hockey championship in...

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