Women’s hockey dominated this reporter’s attention last weekend. Minnesota (31-5-1) defeated Princeton 5-2 last Saturday at Ridder Arena to advance to the program’s 14th Frozen Four appearance. The Gophers will play Cornell in the first of two semifinals Friday at Hamden, Conn.
The National Women Hockey League’s (NWHL’s) first-year Minnesota Whitecaps is the first local pro team in this century to have someone not White working in its marketing and public relations department.
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.
The firing drum that has slowly banged for Mike Woodson since mid-winter reached its crescendo Monday when he was fired as New York Knicks head coach.