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
By Ian Austen OTTAWA, Ontario – Police arrested a 29-year-old truck driver Friday in connection with a bus crash in Saskatchewan in April that killed 16 people, many of them young hockey players, and injured 13 others. The driver, Jaskirat Sidhu, was arrested at his home in Calgary, Alberta, and was charged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing death, and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing bodily harm. Both are criminal charges. “In comparison to other events in Canada, this stands on its own,” Derek Williams, the superintendent who leads the major crimes unit for Saskatchewan, said at a news conference in Regina, the provincial capital. Williams said the investigation into the cause of the crash had been completed, but he said the findings would be presented in court. He declined to elaborate. When pressed, he said investigators had looked into the possibility of driver … [Read more...] about Truck driver charged in crash that killed 16 on Canadian hockey bus
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.