Women’s World Championships — Player fashion and style — Rising young stars

The IX: Hockey Friday with The Ice Garden, April 5, 2024

Happy Friday everybody! It’s Alyssa Turner from The Ice Garden. With today being Day 3 of the 2024 Women’s World Championships, I thought it would be fun to provide readers with five non-hockey related reasons as to why you should be following along with the tournament in Utica. We all know the quality of play is phenomenal, the rivalries are scorching hot and — no matter what game you watch — you’re going to be in for a treat. So other than the on-ice play, why else should this be a tournament you keep tabs on?

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Player social media content

Women’s hockey player’s have ALWAYS understood the assignment when it comes to social media. But it seems that as the players build up their personal brand more and more, the content gets better and better. Let’s take Team Canada and PWHL Toronto forward Emma Maltais as an example. I have personally named her as the best TikTok follow in hockey.

Stylish goalies

Everyone loves a good goalie setup. International tournaments are my personal favorite when it comes to goalie style — from Ann-Renée Desbiens’ vintage pads to Klára Peslarová’s gorgeous pinstripe set. The goalie style in this Women’s World Championships tournament is phenomenal.

Klára Peslarová of Czechia and Aerin Frankel of USA (Photo Credit | IIHF)

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Walk-in outfits

If you ever need outfit inspiration the first place you should look is photos of a women’s hockey team arriving at a game. Players have been able to find their own style and seem to adapt the “Look good, play good” attitude. I personally always look forward to seeing what each team will bring to the table with their walk-in outfits.

Emily Clark and Emerance Maschmeyer of Team Canada (Photo Credit | IIHF)

Young talent

I know I said these were off-ice reasons, but I couldn’t go through this list without mentioning the young talent in this year’s tournament. In China’s opening game against Japan, the hero of the night was 18-year old Yingying Guan who scored the shootout winner. Yingying is just one of many young players who are rostered in Utica.

Mom Strength

Kendall Coyne Scofield is back in the lineup for Team USA after she missed last year’s World Championships when she was pregnant with her son. Kendall Coyne Scofield joins Natalie Spooner as the most recent women’s hockey players to return to the sport following the birth of their first born, which in itself is a massive accomplishment. Not only have the two returned to the ice, but they have returned and are playing the best hockey they’ve played in years.

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