Meaty post ahead. This weekend I was given the opportunity to cover the NWHL (National Women's Hockey League) game between the Boston Pride and the Minnesota Whitecaps at Ridder Arena, home of the Minnesota Gophers women's team. While the Whitecaps aren't an NWHL team, I believe they're in talks of being an expansion team which I would absolutely love. The NWHL was formed this year, giving women the opportunity to play hockey professionally. What sets this league apart from the CWHL (Canadian Women's Hockey League) is that the NWHL pays their players and also gives them a portion of the sales if someone purchases a customized jersey. It's still a new league, it's still fresh, and I hope they keep expanding and growing because it's great hockey to watch as a fan and it was even a blast to photograph. I've talked about women's hockey before but one of the biggest differences in men's compared to women's is that there's no body checking, but there's still chippy play. It's a ton of fun to watch the creativity these women have with the puck and to see the plays develop is unreal and I think the non body checking rule is a big part of this.
The NWHL is comprised of 4 teams, the Boston Pride, Connecticut Whale, Buffalo Beauts, and the New York Riveters. Each team features women from around the globe that have played at a high level (some with Olympic talent), with most players coming from the NCAA. The Minnesota Whitecaps are a team that features past Olympians and other stand outs from college hockey, many of them played for the Gophers. The team gives these women an option to play after their NCAA eligibility is up and they travel around and play against the Gophers, Shattuck-St. Mary's, etc. They'd be a perfect addition to the NWHL if the league expands to Minnesota.
Onto photos (and there's a lot):
That's all from me. December is insanely busy for me, but I have no complaints. I'll be at Xcel when the Canucks and the Rangers are in town this week!
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon 1D Mark II