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The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) kicked off this weekend in Stamford, CT and Buffalo, NY with the first two games of the inaugural regular season. The puck for the Buffalo game was dropped by “The First Woman of Hockey” Manon Rheaume, a former Canadian ice hockey goaltender and the first woman to ever play in a National Hockey League exhibition game. Dani Rylan, Commissioner of the NWHL, got the game started for the Whale and Riveters, according to the NWHL website.
The league has four teams: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, and New York Riveters.
Check out the NWHL “History Begins” launch video which includes quotes from players like “I will be the first of 50.” “They will call me ‘Miss Hockey.’” “I will be ‘The Greatest.’”
In the November/December issue of Hers we chatted with pro hockey players Devon Skeats of the Buffalo Beauts, goalie Brianne McLaughline of the Beauts, and Chelsea Laden, goalie of the Connecticut Whale. They shared insights as to how they train, what they eat, and best practices for working on their mental games.
If you don’t live in the Northeast area of the country where the women are playing, you can still follow along at NWHL.co where the games will be live-streamed.