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The American U-22 Invitees Initial Breakdown
by The First Line
posted August 5, 2014 at 8:48pm

Faked you out there, ey?  Hockey news intervened.  I’ll return to the recruits in a bit, although this is a very related post. USA Hockey has named 69 (or possibly 66) players to its development festival thingy in Lake Placid which will p...more

Fresh Skaters On The Ice! NCAA Recruiting Classes, Part One
by The First Line
posted August 2, 2014 at 1:54pm

We have certain assumptions about what we consider a successful recruiting class. At the top of the list are players who have served on the American or Canadian national teams. Then come players who have been invited to camps by those teams, and/or been a...more

Make @Warrior Accountable: A social media campaign against sexism in sport
by The Rabbit Hole
posted July 11, 2014 at 9:31pm

It was brought to my attention today that Warrior is a horrifically sexist and misogynistic company.  This was very disappointing to learn since I am a consumer of Warrior of equipment.  I tried out a bunch of sticks when I switched to a one-pie...more

Hockey A Men’s Sport? Four Women Who Are Changing That Perception
by Sports Girls Play
posted June 1, 2014 at 4:49pm

Hockey is mostly known as a sport for men only, but with the increasing interest of women, this is no longer the case. There is a long list of male hockey superstars and great teams but little attention has been brought to the growing eminence of female h...more

Follow The Bouncing Ball
by Total Female Hockey Club
posted April 3, 2014 at 9:17pm

I have to admit…… I used to be one of those players who would bang their stick on their ice after missing an open net. I’d roll my eyes when someone missed a pass that I thought she should get. I’d mutter something under my breat...more

The Game Doesn’t Stop After A Bad Call: CAN Hockey beats USA 3-2 in 1st Round
by The First Line
posted February 13, 2014 at 12:09pm

Before we launch into that, let us pause for a moment to contemplate exactly how bad that call was.  It was probably top three in the worst call pantheon I have personally witnessed.  What makes it particularly egregious is that the referee know...more

The weight game
by Byline to Finish Line
posted February 11, 2014 at 8:28pm

The Americans were blowing out the competition. Again. That’s what often happens in international women’s hockey. As much I love the U.S.-Canada rivalry, I also love the sport and part of me wonders if it wouldn’t be worthwhile to, say l...more

Who Wins Tomorrow? (USA vs. CAN Hockey)
by The First Line
posted February 11, 2014 at 8:13pm

The fact that the U.S. has looked the stronger team coming in means nothing in this rivalry.  As I’ve noted many times, at this point the match-up is 95% psychological and the teams are looking for that 5% separation any place they can find it....more

Girls of Fall: Top 7 Hockey Jerseys at the Sochi Olympics
by A Glam Slam
posted February 10, 2014 at 10:00pm

This article is a guest post from Girls of Fall. Girls of Fall reconnects females sports fans with the stories, camaraderie, and celebration of culture that made you fall in love with sports in the first place. Think ESPN meets Pinterest. Check out t...more

11 Truths For Success On and Off The Ice
by Total Female Hockey Club
posted February 6, 2014 at 9:02pm

With the Olympics officially starting today, the entire athletic community becomes much more fixated on what it takes to achieve success on the biggest stage on Earth. So to help celebrate the start of the world’s greatest athletic spectacle, I wan...more

Puck Drop In Sochi: Secret Weapons
by The First Line
posted February 2, 2014 at 8:08pm

Here are some lesser-known pieces of the puzzle for Canada and the U.S., and a few stars who could be crucial to the other national squads. Defense is the forgotten part of the U.S.’s game, largely because of its intermittently powerful offense and...more

8 Secrets To Scoring More Goals
by Total Female Hockey Club
posted January 9, 2014 at 9:36pm

Goal scoring is something that is lacking across all levels of girls’ hockey.  Quite often, girls are more concerned with making one more pass or picking the perfect spot to shoot instead of just getting the puck to the net.  Here are some...more

Yes, Finland Has Some Excellent HockeyPlayers
by The First Line
posted January 6, 2014 at 8:51am

A discussion has led me to the understanding that I need to be more precise with my wording from the end of the last post.  Finland has a lot of very strong position players (although if you look at the rosters posted where I just did they are all Sw...more

Sochi, Here We Come
by The First Line
posted January 1, 2014 at 8:25pm

Comparing the top two teams in women’s hockey seems almost useless if sweeping pronouncements and firm predictions are the goals.  The attempt to find an edge, however slight, has dominated the rivalry and it results in small swings of momentum...more

Canada Has Failed Its National Hockey Team
by The First Line
posted December 21, 2013 at 4:44pm

In a fairly stunning turn of events, Hockey Canada relieved Dan Church of his job on December 17th.  They claim he resigned for personal reasons.  But this article makes it seem like it was a hockey decision.  That makes zero sense.  C...more

A First Word On New Hockey Stats
by The First Line
posted December 16, 2013 at 10:04pm

What is this ‘advanced stats’ thing I have occasionally been talking about?  It’s really not that complicated as a concept!  Basically many (but not all) of the statistics we use to understand the performance of hockey players ...more

Games Of Interest With Your Leftover Turkey
by The First Line
posted November 28, 2013 at 6:19pm

I’m frankly surprised they’ve scheduled NCAA women’s hockey games on Thanksgiving weekend.  Given these athletes a break. Now I’m going to be a hypocrite and suggest which of those games you should watch.  The big draw i...more

The Truth About Shots On Net
by Total Female Hockey Club
posted November 20, 2013 at 5:01pm

I have to admit that when I first starting coaching, I was a little too focused on asking my teams to get more shots on net than their opponent. It was a mainstay of my pre-game speeches and often repeated the line, “There’s no such thing as a...more

Hockey: Canada Narrowly Escapes With Four Nations Gold
by The First Line
posted November 11, 2013 at 7:36pm

Get used to what happened last weekend, because if we are truly to reach parity in the international game we’ll be seeing a lot more of it.  I think this was a bit of a shadow play of what’s coming, however.  Teams such as Finland an...more

Women, Coaching, And Hockey
by The First Line
posted November 2, 2013 at 11:23am

Note: Edited! Maine coach Maria Lewis, formerly an assistant at North Dakota and Mercyhurst, has resigned.  Coach Lewis does not appear to have made a statement on her own behalf, so we don’t know her side of the story.  The ostensible re...more

7 Skills Every Hockey Player Must Work On (and Why)
by Total Female Hockey Club
posted October 31, 2013 at 8:22pm

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to watch two of the best women’s college hockey teams in the States – University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota-Duluth – face-off against each other in a double-header. At the time, bo...more

A Disappointingly Less Weird Week in the NCAA Hockey
by The First Line
posted October 14, 2013 at 9:08am

Renssalaer is hanging around with some teams, ey?  They outshot both BU and Northeastern this weekend, and while they didn’t win either of those games that’s a positive stat.  The flip side unfortunately is that Kelly O’Brien i...more

Hockey Conference First Looks: WCHA
by The First Line
posted September 20, 2013 at 8:32pm

While the Olympics are depriving us of the chance to see some elite individual talent, they also make the conference races intriguing and potentially more competitive than they’ve been in some time.  The teams who benefit are those whose bigges...more

The Confidence Hat-Trick
by Total Female Hockey Club
posted September 11, 2013 at 8:45am

After 15+ years of experience playing, training and coaching in girls’ and women’s hockey, I can tell you that the biggest difference between male and female hockey is CONFIDENCE. Boys tend to be OVER-confident in their abilities, while girls...more

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