PWHL rosters finalized — USA dominates rivalry series

The IX: Hockey Friday with The Ice Garden, Dec. 15, 2023

Happy Friday! It’s Leighann Strollo from The Ice Garden with another weekly round up of women’s hockey news, with plenty of PWHL moves to dissect. And as I type this, Hilary Knight just scored the overtime game winner to take game three of the Rivalry Series over Canada so as an American on the TIG staff, it feels like it has to be a good one!

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First, a lot has been happening on the PWHL front. Games have been played, hat tricks have been scored and rosters have been set. While I will dive into all those things, the ticket sales are an incredibly important factor to talk about, too. It was announced today that all Toronto home games have officially sold out.

This news comes on the same day that it was announced that Ottawa’s Home Opener Will Break Attendance Record For Pro Women’s Hockey In North America. For a brand new league that has yet to drop the puck on regular season play and hasn’t established team names yet, this is an awesome feat to reach.

For the PWHL hockey that has been played, Emma Woods was quick to make waves with a hat trick for New York over Toronto last week.

She wasn’t the only notable hat trick scorer lately, as Hilary Knight tallied one over Canada in a World Championship match. (You know, before her OT game winner over them tonight…no big deal.)

After the fun of the preseason in Utica, PWHL Announced Final Team Rosters which had a lot of people sighing in relief to see their favorites make the cut, as well as some questions as to why certain players were left off.

Some are rejoicing (and losing bets) about Carly Jackson earning a spot on the Toronto roster while others are devastated at McKenna Brand and Alexa Gruschow being cut from their respective camps in Boston and New York.

Some PWHL talent was on display Thursday night in the third Rivalry Series game of the season between the USA and Canada. The United States took the game 3-2 in overtime with goals by Abby Murphy, Hilary Knight and her first with the national team, Kristen Simms.

Before I send you off with more links to things to read below, I want to add that Fundraising Efforts for Sanni Hakala Are Underway. After a career ending injury left her paralyzed from the chest down, the hockey community has come together to rally around her and raise money for her. Sanni Hakala is always in our thoughts at TIG so we encourage fans to help if possible.

More women’s hockey must-read links

Looking Ahead: Promo Nights in the PWHL

D-III Women’s West Week 7 Recap: River Falls rolling along, Featured Games, & more!

Road to Milano Project Leading Women in Officiation to Olympics

Will a new women’s hockey league succeed where others have failed?

Coach Cassie Turner was featured during Caps broadcast

Attendance And Ticket Sales Soaring For Women’s Hockey In Canada

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