After eight straight losses, the Minnesota Wild has fired Head Coach Mike Yeo.
History was made recently at University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena as well as in the state of Minnesota. The first professional women’s hockey game ever played here — actually the first and second such contests — took place between the Boston Pride of the first-year National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and the local Minnesota Whitecaps, an elite women’s hockey club.
“We will be shaping our grassroots efforts to introduce the game and grow the game for all girls,” proclaimed Rylan. “One of our main goals with the NWHL is to shine a spotlight on these amazing athletes, hoping to inspire the next generation of female athletes to dream bigger and demand more.”
Blake Bolden is an honest-to-goodness professional hockey player. She is among the pioneering players in the inaugural National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), which began this past weekend.
One of the Wild’s most successful regular seasons is now complete, and again the team has reached the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Thursday night in St. Louis the Wild begin their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
Matt Dumba is one of two Black Canadians playing for the Minnesota Wild this season. The 20-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada was drafted seventh overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2012 NHL Draft and was called up from the minors in mid-January for the second time in as many seasons by the parent club.
Our intended two-fold mission in our March Madness trip to Motown last week was: 1) to watch hockey for the first time in the only arena in America named for a Black man, and 2) to find Black hockey fans.
Local sistahs shine
The media named Minnesota sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. the conference Player of the Year. She and Northwestern sophomore forward and Hopkins graduate Nia Coffey are two of nine Black players named Monday on the 10-player All-Big Ten first team.
Minnesota might be the so-called state of hockey, but it’s also the state of invisibility when it comes to Black hockey fans. The Only One again used the one-hand counting method and spotted hockey fans of color at two recent contests.
This column continues the Only One series in which this reporter shares his experiences as the only African American on the scene. It’s year two for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). Eight teams — all steeped in hockey tradition, some since as far back as 1929 — began play as one league, spanning as […]