What’s going on in college hockey? — PHF players making the move to Sweden — Must-click women’s hockey links

The IX: Hockey Friday with The Ice Garden, July 21, 2023

Happy Friday (and World Cup)! It’s Leighann Strollo from The Ice Garden back for more news from the world of women’s hockey! With the past few weeks in the WoHo world being…tumultuous at best, I wanted to bring you some happy stories along with this week’s must read links.

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My favorite story of the week may just be the news that the University of Arizona is adding a women’s hockey team in 2024. Not only is the addition of women’s hockey great anywhere, but in a warm weather market that is typically considered a non-traditional market for hockey, it’s a great sign.

When asked about it, the University of Arizona men’s coach Chad Berman said, “It’s not like we’re building an ice rink with a ‘Field of Dreams people will come’ type of thing. People are gonna come because they’re already here. There is a demand here.”

The school has already announced Caitlin Hogan as head coach of the women’s team who is a St. Cloud State alumni. The Wildcats will be a ACHA DI program that could open the door for a lot more opportunity for girls and women to play hockey in the Southwest.

In NCAA news, Krissy Langley was named the NCAA national coordinator of women’s ice hockey officiating this week. Langley has officiated games since 2005, including four Frozen Four tournaments. According to a statement from the NCAA, she will work with the National Collegiate and Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Committees to select officials for national championships and help develop consistent officiating nationally.

Things have been quiet on the transfer front lately which only means we could be hit with something big soon. For now, there’s a handful of of recent college graduates signing overseas in wake of the PHF buyout news. Adjust your alarm clocks because the SDHL looks to be chock full of talent with familiar faces this upcoming season.

More Links:

Boston Pride owner tells all on PHF acquisition, PWHPA “animosity” and much more – The Hockey News

A documentary on the NWHL will be available on Apple TV beginning July 25

Wicked Angles: The elephant in the room has begun to trumpet – The Ice Garden

Chloe Brinson’s empowering work off the ice fuels her passion for the game – USA Hockey

The far-reaching impact of Alena Mills – The Victory Press

Number of previously signed PHF players headed to Sweden climbs – The Hockey News

Every #WHKYHAC presentation from this week

Numbers PHF teams should have retired – The Ice Garden

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