The Gophers women’s hockey team rarely loses its season opener. Last year was one exception. But history did not repeat Friday night. Despite a slow start, the No. 3 Gophers beat No. 10 Mercyhurst 4-2 in a nonconference game at Ridder Arena. Senior captain Kelly Pannek, a returning U.S. Olympian who was honored before the game, got one of the goals. Sarah Potomak, a redshirt junior from Aldergrove, British Columbia, who also missed last season chasing her Olympic dreams, got two assists. Potomak and her younger sister Amy, a redshirt freshman who scored Minnesota’s second goal, trained with the Canadian national team last season but were cut before the Winter Olympics. With the win, the Gophers improved to 20-2 all-time in season openers. Mercyhurst took a 1-0 lead on Emma Nuutinen’s power-play goal at 11:39 of the opening period. It came with just three seconds left in the skater advantage after Olivia Knowles went off for interference. The Gophers’ Patti … [Read more...] about Gophers women’s hockey team beats Mercyhurst in season opener
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By The Canadian Press Thu., Sept. 27, 2018 Love can be in the air anywhere, even in the middle of a fierce, high-stakes hockey rivalry. Just ask former Canadian women’s hockey team forward Gillian Apps and American forward Meghan Duggan, who married this past weekend in Pownal, Maine. “True love overcomes even the largest of rivalries,” the U.S. Olympic Committee tweeted with a picture of the happy couple. “From competitors on the ice to partners for life,” tweeted the Canadian Olympic Committee. Apps and Duggan have been part of easily the top rivalry in their sport. Canada and the U.S., have squared off in five of six Olympic finals since the sport joined the Winter Games program in 1998. Article Continued Below Apps, a 34-year-old from Toronto, was part of Canadian teams that beat Duggan’s Americans in 2010 and 2014. Duggan, 31, won gold this year with the U.S. in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but Apps had already retired. … [Read more...] about Canadian hockey forward ties knot with U.S. counterpart
By The Canadian Press Tues., Sept. 25, 2018 CALGARY—Four-time Olympic gold-medallist Caroline Ouellette has officially retired as a player from Canada’s senior women’s hockey team. Hockey Canada made the announcement in a release Tuesday. Ouellette, 39, made her debut with the national program in 1998, and won gold at each of her Olympic appearances (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014). Read more: Kessel on coaching fast track in hockey with Toronto Furies, Hockey Canada Article Continued Below Former player Gina Kingsbury takes over women’s team at Hockey Canada Ouellette also represented Canada at 12 women’s world championships, winning six gold and six silver. She retires as Canada’s third-highest scorer with 242 points (87 goals, 155 assists) in 220 games, behind only Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford. She hasn’t played for the women’s national team since 2015, but is still actively involved with the program. She … [Read more...] about Canadian hockey star Caroline Ouellette officially retires from national duty
When Digit Murphy was still coaching women’s hockey in China, she and her players became fond of the phrase “mei wen ti.” No problem. As it turns out, that’s a useful phrase when your club combines some of the best women’s hockey players from the West with a group of Chinese players who have never even been around that level of play. It was also a useful attitude given the scope of Murphy’s mission: Transform Chinese women’s hockey into a force that could make some noise at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Murphy wasn’t in China to sweat the small stuff. If a player messed up with with the puck, mei wen ti. “It was a warm, loving environment that we tried to create,” Murphy says in a call from Providence, R.I. But at some point over her 14-month run in China, something changed, as often seems to happen with the people and policies that make up China’s hockey program. Murphy’s mandate had been to improve the … [Read more...] about China is building a women’s hockey team from scratch. It wants an Olympic medal by 2022.
By Donna Spencer The Canadian Press Tues., April 24, 2018 Hayley Wickenheiser believes sport is a microcosm of life, and how women are treated in sport is a barometer of the health of a society. The four-time Olympic gold medallist in women’s hockey was among a dozen people named Tuesday to Canadian Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan’s working group on gender equity in sport. The federal government announced in this year’s budget the goal of achieving gender equity in sport “at every level by 2035” and committed an initial $30 million over the next three years to it. Read more: Canada’s men’s soccer team wins first start under Herdman Article Continued Below John Herdman announces first roster as Canada men’s soccer coach U.S. women’s soccer team leads the way on equal pay fight Wickenheiser, Olympic champion paddler Adam van Koeverden, soccer coach John Herdman, Olympic water polo player Waneek Horn-Miller … [Read more...] about Canadian hockey great Hayley Wickenheiser among those recruited to help boost gender equity in sport