Among other areas of expertise, Kristi Patton is HockeyNow's lead writer for female hockey, covering teams and players from all levels across Canada. Born in Penticton, B.C., Kristi also writes for the Penticton Western News and worked at the Vancouver Olympics as a reporter for Olympic News Service. She also plays recreational hockey as a goaltender.
Since getting one minute of air time on Hockey Night in Canada last year, during a special segment featuring positive contributors to the game, the Grindstone Award Foundation continues to grow.
It comes as no surprise to Saskatoon Stars head coach Greg Slobodzian that Mackenna Parker was chosen for the Hockey Canada Isobel Gathorne-Hardy award.
No rest for the weary. It could be the motto that Okanagan Hockey Academy forward Sarah Paul (Kelowna, B.C.) lives by.
Laura Stacey played the overtime hero, giving the Markham Thunder their first Canadian Women’s Hockey League Clarkson Cup championship in franchise history.
Either way it finished, it was going to be a storybook ending for one team and devastating for the other with a gold medal on the line at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
When Meaghan Mikkelson looks back over the 10 years she been called upon to represent Canada with the women’s national hockey team, there is one person she can name that was instrumental in getting her to a third trip to the Olympics.
The U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams have faced off 10 times over the past five months, but all that matters now is the one game in front of both squads.
It took two trips to the Olympics for Geneviève Lacasse to get her first game in net for Canada’s national women’s team and she wasn’t about to squander the opportunity.
In her sophomore outing with the Canadian national women’s team at the Olympics, it could be considered Mélodie Daoust’s coming out party.
Canada’s national women’s team opened their Olympic tournament with a 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Canada outshot OAR in the first period 15-5, but could not get an advantage on the scoreboard as both sides were blanked.
Shannon Szabados recorded the shutout and seven different Canadian players scored in a 10-0 win over Switzerland at a pre-Olympics exhibition game on Sunday.
The three goalies that are hoping to help Canada win their fifth-straight Olympic gold medal have unveiled the ultra-Canadian paint jobs on their helmets.
When Canada announced their 23-person women’s hockey roster for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, they forgot to mention one key player — confidence.
She isn’t quite the oldest on the team, Meaghan Mikkelson has that honour, but Meghan Agosta has some of the most experience for Team Canada’s women’s national team.
For the U.S. women’s hockey team, it has been four years of sweat to get to the Olympics, but for this group it has become more than just about winning.
The National Women’s Hockey League announced a partnership with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild to host the 2018 NWHL All-Star Weekend on Feb. 10-11 in the Twin Cities.
Canada’s golden goal scorer, Marie-Philip Poulin will lead the national women’s hockey team at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
A core of veterans will lead the U.S. women’s national team at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. “The amount of skill and depth of talent on this roster is second-to-none and I couldn’t be more excited to see what these 23 women can do on the world stage in PyeongChang,” said head coach Robb Stauber.
Two Canadian players were chosen to be part of the National Women’s Hockey League all-star squad that will help prepare the U.S. national women’s team for the 2018 Olympics.
Brigette Lacquette chokes up while thinking about how far her hockey career has come. Four years ago, she came so close to playing for Canada at the Olympics but did not make the final cuts.
Canada’s national women’s team got the best of the U.S. in a six-game series but the wins that really matter will not be earned until February at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
A goal that was reviewed, then reviewed again, turned out to be the winner as Canada’s national women’s team defeated the U.S. 3-1 in San Jose, California on Dec. 15.
It was a scoreless game in the final minutes of the third period when Jillian Saulnier sent the already raucous crowd at Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place into a frenzy.
Shannon Szabados stopped 27 shots and Brianne Jenner scored in overtime to give Canada a 2-1 win and the lead in the six-game series with the U.S. as they prepare for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team will be heading to Russia with four returning players that won silver at last year’s tournament. Hockey Canada announced the 23-player roster that will wear the red-and-white in Dmitrov, Russia, Jan. 6-13, 2018, at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship — including familiar faces Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont.), Brooke McQuigge (Bowmanville, Ont.), Audrey-Anne Veillette (Drummondville, Que.) and Courtney Vorster (Richmond, B.C.).
Canada has trimmed their roster by two players as the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics inches closer. Defenceman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) and forward Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./Minnesota, WCHA) were released by Hockey Canada on Nov. 20.
For the fourth consecutive 4 Nations Cup tournament, Canada has fallen to the U.S. in the gold medal match. Penalty trouble late in the game and not capitalizing on the offensive chances they had was the common thread voiced from players and coaching staff after the 5-1 loss.
Three U.S. power play goals lifted them over the Canadian national women’s hockey team 5-1 to take the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup.
Trips to the penalty box got the Canadian women’s national team in trouble against the U.S. in their second game at the Four Nations Cup in Florida.
It was a bumpy road, but Ontario Red completed the four-peat at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship. In the provincial gold medal showdown (Ontario Red versus Ontario Blue), Jacqueline Tam’s (Toronto, Ont./Mississauga, PWHL) power play marker in the second period would be the game winning goal as Red defeated Blue 3-1.
Team B.C. and Ontario Blue march into the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship semifinals on Saturday undefeated. Winning just their second medal at last year’s nationals, Team B.C. will face off against the annual favourites to win Ontario Red — who have captured 10 of the 11 gold medals in the tournament’s history.
Eight teams skated out on to the Pavilion ice in Quebec City yesterday with one goal in mind, winning the National Women’s Under-18 Championship.
Play hard, have fun, love hockey.” One of the Grindstone award recipients, Isabelle Fortin said it best. She is one of 10 young female hockey players across the country who will get to continue her journey on the ice thanks to funding from the Grindstone Award Foundation.
Genevieve Lacasse helped Team Canada bounce back after losing the opening of the six-game women’s hockey series against U.S. national team.
Brianna Decker scored two goals as Team USA skated to a 5-2 win over Team Canada in the opening of a series of games between the two national teams as they prepare for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Locations for the six-game pre-Olympic series between Canada and the U.S. national women’s teams have been finalized. Hockey Canada announced the final game of the cross-border series, and the last time the two teams will clash before the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics will be in Edmonton on Dec. 17.
Considered one of the fastest growing sports in the world, women’s ice hockey is hoping to keep expanding their reach around the globe with the World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend.
One team plans to defend their title and the other desperately wants to get back on top of the Olympic podium. The only thing separating them is the 49th parallel.
Natalie Spooner led Canada’s national women’s team with four points in the season-opening action as they prepare for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Messages to four time Olympic gold medalist goaltender Charline Labonté flooded social media after the announcement she is retiring from international competition with Canada’s national women’s team.
A fresh start. These are the three words Emerance Maschmeyer was not expecting to be focused on as September rolled around. She was supposed to be fresh off summer bootcamp with Hockey Canada.
Nine countries were represented at the 2017 CWHL Draft held on Aug. 20 to join the expanded seven team league this upcoming season. The newest draft class represents 65 different U SPORTS and NCAA programs with players from Canada, U.S., China, New Zealand, Turkey among others.
The Canadian Under-18 women’s team tripled the U.S. shot total but could not find the back of the net, losing the final match on Sunday of the three-game series.
The U.S. steamrolled the Canadian Under-18 women’s hockey team in the first period to earn a 4-1 win in the opener of a three-game series between the foes. The series kicked off on Thursday at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid.
It may be the off-season, but old rivalries never sit idle as the Canadian women’s under-18 team prepare for a three-game series against the U.S. The 24-member Canadian squad was chosen after an eight-day selection camp that saw 43 players skate in Calgary in intrasquad games (Red and Black) and against the Russian national team.
A broken collar bone and dislocated knee cap are injuries that are a result of an antiquated way of categorizing teams in female hockey, said one hockey parent.
The top ranked women’s hockey teams in the IIHF will go head-to-head in an exhibition series in advance of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The U.S. and Canada senior women’s national teams will play in a cross-border series starting on Oct. 22 in Quebec City.
CWHL signs historic deal to help grow women’s game internationally. Eight years ago, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League held their first draft at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The National Women’s Hockey League has announced a deal with Twitter that will feature a game of the week live-streamed. “With this partnership, Twitter will expand the NWHL audience and give these professional women’s hockey players the major platform they deserve,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan.
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League is expanding their boundaries internationally. Commissioner Brenda Andress announced during a press conference in June 5 that the CWHL is welcoming the first professional team from China in the expansion.
Although it is over eight months away, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang just got a little bit closer for the 28 players that are vying for a spot on Canada’s national women’s hockey team.
Canada will go back to the drawing board as they prepare for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics after finishing with another silver medal at the IIHF Women’s World Championship.
Hilary Knight’s overtime goal against Canada in the IIHF women’s world championship was the storybook ending to this tournament for the U.S.
Canada will play for gold at IIHF Women’s World Championship. While it wasn’t the road to gold that they thought they would take skating into the tournament, the bumpy path might have sparked something in the team as they head into the final tonight against the U.S.
The word adversity is one Laura Stacey knows all too well. It was just one year ago she was watching the IIHF Women’s World Championship sitting on her parents couch, unable to even feed herself.
An 8-0 win over Russia was enough to give Canada a bye into the semifinals after a tumultuous week at the IIHF Women’s World Champions. Losing their first two games in the preliminary round against the U.S. and Finland, Canada’s first win of the tournament, along with Finland falling to the U.S., pushes them to the semifinal round on April 6 (3:30 p.m. ET).
It was a historic night, but not one Canada would like to remember. For the fist time, Finland has defeated Canada in IIHF play. Canada is now 0-2 after losing to the U.S. in their first preliminary game then falling to Finland 4-3 yesterday.
Whether it was the fired up home crowd or the precedent-setting win earlier in the week, the U.S. women’s national team did not look like a squad that had not much official practice this week. Outshooting the Canadians 30-18, the U.S. team took the first preliminary game for both teams at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan 2-0 on Friday.
The U.S. women’s national team will defend their 2016 IIHF world championship gold medal in Plymouth, Michigan. While you wouldn’t suspect the No. 1 ranked team in the world would still have many firsts to check off their bucket list, winning gold on their home turf is one of them.
Women’s hockey is the winner of the outcome of the U.S. women’s national team taking a stand against their federation for equitable treatment, said U.S. captain Meghan Duggan. “We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together."
Little girls faces frozen in awe as Marie-Philip Poulin signs an autograph for them says it all for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League commissioner — awareness of female hockey is growing.
Just four days away from the U.S. defending their IIHF women’s world championship title as the No. 1 ranked team in the world and the A-team, so far, will not be there.
For 17 years, Canada has faced their U.S. rival in the final of the IIHF Women’s World Championship, and that streak may now come to a crashing halt.
Les Canadiennes de Montreal punched their ticket first to the Clarkson Cup and within 24 hours found out they would be facing the defending champion Calgary Inferno for a rematch of last season’s final.
Four players will make their world championship debut for Canada as they try to end a three-year drought at the IIHF Women’s World Championship March 31 to April 7 in Plymouth, Michigan.
Teams in the National Women’s Hockey League are in the final leg of their chase for the Isobel Cup. A one-game Isobel Cup playoff semifinal will take place between the defending champion and top-seeded Boston Pride and the league’s No. 4 seed on March 16.
As teams are in the final stretch to the Clarkson Cup championship, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced award nominees. With six nominees in the running for awards, not including Marie Philip Poulin co-sharing the Angela James Bowl, one would almost think Les Canadiennes de Montreal were the top regular season team.
If the Canadian Women’s Hockey League regular season could be summed up in two words, it would be “record breaking.” The defending Clarkson Cup champion Calgary Inferno set a new record for the franchise of 20-4-0-0 to clinch the first position overall in the regular season, for the first time.
The Canadian women’s hockey team could not find the revenge they wanted against Russia at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Canada’s women’s hockey team secured first place in Group A at the Winter Universiade with a 11-0 win over the host Kazakhstan.
Canada’s women’s hockey team has amassed 23 goals through two games and remains undefeated at the 28th Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Calgary Inferno are brushing up on international relations in a two game series against the Japanese Women’s National Team. The Canadian Women’s Hockey League team is in Japan playing a couple of friendly matches as the national team prepares for the Olympic qualifier.
The Canadian women’s hockey team kicked off the 28th Winter Universiade with a 9-1 win over China. The roster consists of all-stars chosen from U Sports teams to play in the Universiade held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8.
Medals, accolades and records all line Hayley Wickenheiser’s hockey résumé, but when it comes down to it, leaving a legacy for generations to come is what matters most to the women’s hockey veteran.
For the third year in a row, Canada will have to settle for a silver medal around their necks while their U.S. rivals take gold at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
After 23 years of blood and sweat under a team Canada jersey, it was time for No. 22 to retire. On Friday, Hayley Wickenheiser, one of hockey’s greatest players, announced she was retiring.
Canada is headed to the finals of the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship after defeating Sweden 6-2 in the semifinal on Friday.
The teams are set and the battle lines drawn as some of the top players in the National Women’s Hockey League will shine in Pittsburgh at the all-star game.
When Maegan Beres hits the ice with Team Canada at the U18 IIHF Women’s World Championship, it won’t be with just the 22 other players wearing the Maple Leaf.
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