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PostPosted: 05/15/18 12:08 pm    ::: NWHL expands Reply Reply with quote

League has added the Minnesota Whitecaps for the 2018-19 season.

http://m.startribune.com/professional-women-s-hockey-coming-to-minnesota-whitecaps-named-nwhl-expansion-team/482688271/



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 5:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This is so awesome. It seemed so odd to not have a team in Minnesota seeing how much of the league is made up of Minnesota girls and that the University of Minnesota is the premier collegiate team.



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 5:41 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There's reports that a second expansion team in Pittsburgh will also be added and potentially owned by the Penguins. The Manitoba Maple Leafs have also expressed interest in joining the league. They played in the WWHL from 2010-2012 and are still active today.



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PostPosted: 05/15/18 6:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This is GREAT news for the league! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


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PostPosted: 05/16/18 12:09 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
There's reports that a second expansion team in Pittsburgh will also be added and potentially owned by the Penguins. The Manitoba Maple Leafs have also expressed interest in joining the league. They played in the WWHL from 2010-2012 and are still active today.


Getting the league to 6 teams will make scheduling a bit easier, so I'm hoping another city joins Minnesota.

IF the league is smart, they will target their expansion phases on cities with an already deep hockey culture. I would love to see this league get on the right foot and become viable.


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PostPosted: 07/30/18 8:48 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NWHL schedule released. The Buffalo Beauts will play one game at the KeyBank Center(home of the Sabers). The Connecticut Whale will play a game in Pittsburgh at UPMC. Hoping that leads to a Pittsburgh expansion team. Disappointed the Riveters aren't playing a game at Prudential Center in Newark.

https://www.nwhl.zone/news_article/show/937078



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PostPosted: 07/30/18 8:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ideally I still think it would be best of the NWHL & CWHL merged. They take in Calgary, Toronto & Montreal. Expand with Pittsburgh & Chicago. That's 10 teams. The look to expand to Philadelphia & Detroit down the road.

EAST
Boston
Connecticut
Rivereters
Pittsburgh
Buffalo
(Philadelphia)

NORTH
Toronto
Montreal
Minnesota
Chicago
Calgary
(Detroit)



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PostPosted: 10/09/18 7:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Whitecaps won their first game 4-0 over the Riveters in front of a standing-room only crowd.



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PostPosted: 10/22/18 8:37 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Both the NWHL & CWHL are in talks currently to merge for the 2019-2020 season. A merge would make it a ten team league at least. The CWHL has a Chinese travel team while the NWHL is reporting targeting Pittsburgh as it's next expansion city.



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PostPosted: 10/22/18 4:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A merger makes sense. Dump the Chinese team, add in Pittsburgh.

Drop the W from the name as it's unneeded. Call the new league the National Hockey Association and be done with it.

3-letter leagues are better received. 4-letter leagues just aren't taken very seriously by media or fans. Having Women's in the name makes it that much harder...having Professional in there is horrid and the absolute worst is a W and a P.

It's just how it is. Here's hoping a merger goes off for '19-'20 and the new league prospers to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.


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PostPosted: 10/22/18 5:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

More on the merger.

https://thehockeywriters.com/nwhl-cwhl-merger-options-issues/

Makes a good point about saturation in the New England area. Maybe relocate Worcester to Pittsburgh?

EAST
Boston
Connecticut
Rivereters
Pittsburgh
Buffalo
(Rochester)

NORTH
Markham
Toronto
Montreal
Minnesota
Calgary
(Detroit)

And possibly long term with 16 teams
EAST
Connecticut
Rivereters
Philadelphia
Washington

NORTH
Toronto
Montreal
Markham
Boston

CENTRAL
Pittsburgh
Buffalo
Rochester
Detroit

WEST
Minnesota
Chicago
Winnipeg
Calgary



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PostPosted: 10/23/18 6:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Does anyone know the backstory why Noora Räty doesn't want to play in the NWHL?

This is the tweet from Räty referenced in the article from toad's last post:
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and every spring I have said thank you but no thanks 😅 maybe in the future if the league develops in the right direction!


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PostPosted: 11/14/18 8:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

2019 NWHL All-Star game headed to Nashville. Possible future expansion city?

https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/2019-nwhl-all-star-weekend-comes-to-nashville/n-5418739



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PostPosted: 11/14/18 1:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Also of note, the league took a bit of a hiatus to so they could play in the 4 nations cup and team USA took gold over team Canada 5-2.

NWHL Games resume this week.

And the Whitecaps have yet to lose (6-0-0).



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