The IX: Hockey Friday with Erica L. Ayala, September 11, 2020
Returning to play, but at what cost? — Quiz Game with Audra Richards — Must-click links
(Hi! Howard Megdal here. The IX helps build the necessary infrastructure for women’s sports media. By connecting these worlds, it gives women’s sports the networking boost men’s sports can take for granted.
Those of you who are our satisfied subscribers, tell the world! We are grateful for your support. Those of you on our free list, I’d like you to consider becoming a paid subscriber. The deal below means you can keep on top of our original reporting, curated links and interviews across five women’s sports every single weekday for $4 a month or $40 a year. That’s just over 15 cents for each of our newsletters with unique reporting, analysis, curated links and interviews, coming to you more than 250 times a year!
Show the sports media world that this level of investment in women’s sports coverage matters. Support the work our amazing group of journalists does every single day. Thank you for making sure that whatever happens next, women’s sports coverage always has a home.
Returning to play, but at what cost?
There is not much happening in the hockey world, and I think that’s a good thing. Despite the return to sports, it is important to remember we are still dealing with a worldwide pandemic.
In some of the links below, you’ll see just a few of the most recent ways COVID has impacted the hockey world. Meanwhile, both fútbol and football will be playing games with fans in the stadium. At the college level, breakouts of COVID cases at places like UNC have been reported as students returned to campus. Additionally, the college football community reportedly lost 20-year-old Jamain Stephens.
In women’s hockey, both North American national teams have used video conferencing to stay connected in lieu of traditional August/fall development camps. In previous newsletters, I broke down what we know about the NCAA and women’s professional level. Now add the WCHA and Ohio State to the mix.
We’ve already seen COVID impact the 2020 Summer Olympics. What will no 2019 Four Nations, 2020 World Championships, and limited ice time since March mean for Winter Olympians?
It might be too early to tell. It is no secret athletes spend years training their bodies ahead of the Olympic Games. What will an already long break from the ice — #ForTheGame and PWHPA players also did not have a traditional professional season/consistent games and practice — mean for the expanded Olympic field?
It is safe to say if the United States and Canada are having problems, so will other federations. Women’s hockey already has to answer if the field is too top-heavy (it’s complicated). I foresee this conversation continuing as we get closer to 2022.
All that said, I continue to wonder if talking sports at all isn’t a bit silly. At 20, Stephens died while returning to sports. Since the initial report, it is now being determined the cause of death is unknown.
That said, we have seen athletes die in the name of sports before. I must admit, if we have a sports culture that is still subject to death by heatstroke, I have many concerns about sports amid a pandemic and no vaccine in sight.
The Next, a 24/7/365 women’s basketball newsroom
Introducing The Next: A basketball newsroom brought to you by The IX. 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage, written, edited and photographed by our young, diverse staff, dedicated to breaking news, analysis, historical deep dives and projections about the game we love.
Subscribe to make sure this vital work, creating a pipeline of young, diverse media professionals to write, edit and photograph the great game, continues and grows. Subscriptions include some exclusive content, but the reason for subscriptions is a simple one: making sure our writers and editors creating 24/7/365 women’s basketball coverage get paid to do it.
This Week in Women’s Hockey
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MORE COVERAGE FOR WOMEN IN SPORTS? Good, click these links and show decision-makers that if you post it, we will read it! If you have any hot tips for great stories or voices you’d like to see in The IX, email me: erica@ericaLayala.com.
From the Archives: The 1990 IIHF World Championships. Mike Murphy takes us back to 1990 and white & pink Team Canada sweaters in his latest for The Ice Garden.
Australia withdraws from IIHF u-18 tournament.
Princeton forward Sarah Fillier among the athletes competing (?) in a Hockey Canada virtual camp.
Bemidji State standout Haley Mack signs with Minnesota Whitecaps.
Kelsey Koelzer joins Anson Carter on Hockey Culture.
Kayla Chilstrom joins St. Olaf women’s hockey team.
Michelle Jay & Mike Murphy have you covered with a 2020-21 SDHL season preview.
Tweet of the Week
I love a good crossover, especially when there is a new WoHo baby involved! Congrats to Anya & Madison Packer.
Five at The IX: NWHL Video Archives
Almost a year ago (look how close we were) I played Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader with PE Teacher Audra Richards.
Before clicking the video, try your luck with these questions:
What is the main language spoken in the Canadian province of Quebec?
a2 + b2 = c2 is known as the…
What is the name of the sea bordered by Europe to the north and North Africa to the south?
What are the three states of matter?
The Earth has 4 layers, the thickest of which is the mantle. What is the thinnest layer called?
Animals without backbones are known as…
You collect 48 pieces of Halloween candy. Your parents say you can eat 2 pieces per day, plus an extra piece on Saturdays and Sundays. How many weeks will it take to finish all of your candy?