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The IX: Hockey Friday with Erica L. Ayala, July 16, 2021

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To the left (of the Atlantic Ocean)!

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Everything you own in a box to the left

It appears we are headed into a turf war.

Is this a bit dramatic? Maybe, but let’s have some fun with it!

The NWHL announced two league-wide scouts, Ken Dufton and Bill Flanagan, who “will be responsible for scouting collegiate talent competing across NCAA and U SPORTS. They will provide reports on prospective players and help establish rankings that will assist the league and teams prepare for the annual NWHL Draft and evaluate free agent profiles.”

The IX, alongside Mike Murphy and DF Pendrys, heard from Riveters GM Anya Packer that Lisa Haley did the majority of this work in the past. Formerly, Hayley Moore and Michelle Picard handled these tasks as the Deputy Commissioners under the single ownership model of the league.

So why is this a turf war?

Well, Flanagan is the former(?) head coach and main bankroller of the PWHPA New Hampshire hub. He is the father of USA Hockey/PWHPA defender Kali Flanagan (no official announcement from the PWHPA has been released regarding New Hampshire).

Spencer Fascetta has been reporting for months there are problems with the PWHPA system. I have not personally verified these reports. That said, I value Spencer’s reporting and we should all pay heed to what he is hearing. 

Based on Spencer’s reporting, I asked Courtney Turner if she was still considering the New Hampshire hub in her 2021-22 hockey plans. Here was her response:

“Uh, you know, I’m not sure. I don’t really know what’s happening, per se. Hopefully, but we’ll see what happens.” 

Turner was a first overall draft pick for the Boston Blades ahead of the 2017-18 season. The Union College alumna attended NWHL Free Agent camps for the Riveters and Whale in New Jersey and Connecticut. When asked where she hopes to land, Turner replied:

“I just wanna keep my options open and play some great hockey, whatever/wherever that may be.”

If this is the end of the New Hampshire hub, that leaves the PWHPA with Toronto, Montreal, and Minnesota. In my last conversation with Jayna Hefford shortly following Montreal’s Dream Gap Tour victory, she expected the PWHPA to be in operation next season despite being sans Olympians. Both the CWHL and NWHL have gone through Olympic cycles, as a bit of background.

USA and Hockey Canada players that have been named to their respective residency/centralization rosters accounted for nearly a quarter of the PWHPA’s 125 rostered players in 2021. 

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USA Hockey names it’s residency roster.

Danielle Larouco steps in as Boston Pride GM.

Elena Orlando & Kristin Lewicki retire.

Michelle Picard joins Princeton coaching staff.

RMU players form Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation, keeping hope alive for displaced RMU players.

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Five at The IX: Alexis Moed, Connecticut Whale GM

Excerpts from my chat with Moed at last month’s Free Agent Camp in Danbury.

Moed on being on the job for about a week

Well, it’s certainly been very busy. You know, I’ve gotten into the mix pretty quickly. So the last few days has been hectic, but it’s all a lot of good things. And I think there’s a lot of progress that’s going to be made in the upcoming season and a whole restructuring of the club. I think it has a really bright future … there’s a lot of potential here.

Moed on her career in hockey and whether she will continue on with the New York Islanders girls program

I’m definitely looking for a lot of crossover, I’m still going to remain in my full time job with the Islanders and running the girls program and all the adult programs for them. But as far as the Islanders girls program, I mean, that’s cross marketing that just seems to make sense. And the Whale just got about 100+ new fans this past weekend. You know, I’ve said to Laura (Brennan) the focus is going to be on building that youth market that youth fan base. And you know, certainly the Whale and all the players in the NWHL are a huge inspiration to all the youth girls out there.

DF Pendrys asks about the recent partnership with the CT Pride Center

Well, unfortunately, since I’m kind of new to things I don’t know too much about that. I know that our Director of Ticket sales and service Jessie Olam has been handling that and she had presents. I think it was last weekend at a women’s pride Music Festival and the Whale had representation there. Certainly the the Whale’s involvement in the LGBT community has always been a staple, in my understanding of the organization. And we’re going to continue to bring in all aspects of inclusion and continue to work with all of these community-based groups and really just have the Whale … be the leader and at the forefront of interacting with all aspects of the community.

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