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Post #75 – 8/10/22 – NCAA Update, U-18 Selection Camps, Do The Math


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NCAA Update

U-18 USA & Canada Selection Camps

Do The Math

Sifters


NCAA Update

On August 3rd the NCAA Division I Board of Directors acted on recommendations made by the Transformation Committee. Some items made it through are were put into action immediately, like more benefits to support athletes. One item did not. The package of recommendations on Transfers was sent back and not voted on.

The NCAA’s D-I Board of Directors took action earlier last week on recommendations made by the Transformation Committee. Schools are now be allowed – immediately – to offer enhanced benefits for student-athletes. The D-I Board of Directors took no action on the TC’s proposed new set of transfer rules.

Institutions are now able to provide enhanced benefits to better their support athletes in a variety of areas such as personal well being & safety, insurance products for major injury and loss of value, and funding participation in elite-level training, tryouts, and competition. It used to be schools were very limited in what they spend $ on to support their athletes in these areas. Starting August 3, schools will no longer need to submit waivers to get approval to pay for these types of benefits.

Let’s say you are a part of your country’s national team program and they want you to participate in a team camp or tournament event. It appears schools will now be able – if they are willing – to pay for their athletes to attend. Or if you’re a potential high draft-pick in your sport and had the potential to get lucrative playing and endorsement contracts, an insurance policy could be purchased by your school to protect against a catastrophic injury and los of value in your potential earnings.

The D-I Board agreed to not act on the transfer rules package recommended at this time. It seems there was a bit of pushback from the D-I membership as well as SAAC – The Student Athlete Advisory Committee in that some of the transfer rules seemed too restrictive. The original recommendations by the NCAA TC would have allowed for an academic eligibility exception where students would not only be academically eligible from the school they were transferring from, but also have enough credits to be eligible at the school they were transferring to. Additionally, several ‘transfer windows’ would be available where athletes would have a certain amount of time to give written notice to their school with intentions to transfer. However those windows would close after a certain number of days. The SAAC Committee commented that the overall transfer package was deemed too restricting and limited a players’ freedom of movement.

The NCAA’s D-I Board will next meet and vote on additional recommendations from the Transformation Committee on August 31. You can read the full NCAA announcement on its approval of enhanced student-athlete benefits HERE.

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U-18 USA & Canada Selection Camps

Hockey Canada’s U18 selection Camp… is already underway in Calgary Alberta. Goaltenders had the first few days of camp Aug. 2nd & 3rd. Forwards and defenders had a series of position specific practices Aug. 4th and 5th prior to the 45-player group is split into 2 teams, Red & White, where team practices will commenced on Aug. 6th. Interestingly, Finland has brought it’s U-18 team over to participate along with Canada. Finland’s participation began with its own team practices Aug. 5 and begin play vs. Team Red Aug. 10.

Speaking of games, it looks like Hockey Canada will be streaming quite a bit of hockey over the next little while.

Canada U-18 Selection Camp Game Streams can be found HERE and then by clicking on the ‘Watch’ link in the right-hand side of the page, see example below.

USA Hockey’s U18 and O18 selection Camp… get’s underway today with games beginning today at the LECOM Harborcenter in Buffalo, NY. Players are split into 2 age groups, Under-18 and Over-18. The U18 group will practice and scrimmage together with 4 total games vs. one another. The Over-18 group will be split into 4 teams for practices and games with each team playing 3 games.

You can find the U18 and O18 team rosters HERE. We haven’t been able to find any info on links to watch live streams. We will keep you posted if we do find some.

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Do The Math

Wondering how much you’ll have to pay for college? Best to ‘Do The Math’ now, so you know how much you have to work with down the road – when you’ll need to know…

Unless you plan on your daughter getting a full scholarship, (there aren’t many of that get offered), families are going to wind up paying some amount of money out-of-pocket to put your daughter through college. How much exactly, that’s a lot harder to determine when the college hockey recruiting process is involved.

But even if a final dollar amount is unattainable right now and college could be years away, families SHOULD do something in the meantime to help make things a lot easier in the future.

What families should be doing is a ‘Family Financial Evaluation’.

Simply stated, this is a process where families crunch the numbers and find out a worst-case / this-is-what-we-can-afford at the top end of our budget amount – in order to make paying for college, work. Consider it like an internal family audit and a way of determining what your family finances will be over the next 6 to 7 years. And that’s how many years ahead families should be evaluating their finances for.

Why 6-7 years?

For those players who are heading into grade 11 this coming Fall, you are either in the midst of the recruiting process already or it’s going to probably happen before the grade 11 year is over and that’s the time frame you’ll need to evaluate. 2 more years of high school + 4 years of college. Add in a post-grad year perhaps, and that is how you get to 7.

So why is it important to do this now if we’re talking about something that may not happen for another 7 years!!??

3 reasons. 1) As they say, knowledge is power. The more you know how much you can afford, the better off you will be when it comes time to evaluate college costs. You can focus your time and efforts where legit opportunities are. 2) For someone who is going through the recruiting process right now or soon will, you could be faced with having to make some decisions – and soon. In order to do so, those opportunities have to be affordable in order to work out. 3) Some schools may be real aggressive with making offers, and it’s not just on the D-I side any longer,. Plenty of offers come in the grade 11 year for players at the D-3 level. And at D-I – it’s all about financial aid and knowing costs as there are no athletic scholarships.

In next week’s post, we’ll breakdown what to evaluate when looking at your finances.

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Sifters

As David Bowie sang, Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes… The coaching changes keep coming. This time if year is somewhat late for departures, especially of head coaches – but that’s exactly what has happened. Tim Crowley, head coach at Elmira College, has stepped down. We have a suspicion it’s for another coaching position, but that hasn’t been made public yet, and don’t want to speculate. Elmira’s assistant coach, Mandy Montgomery stepped down earlier this summer and that leaved Elmira with two very important positions to fill.

The more unexpected departure came when it was reported last week University of Maine’s Head and Assistant Coach, who are husband and wife, Richard Reichenbach and his wife Sara, resigned for undisclosed reasons. In an article posted by a local TV station WGME, it appears the school has commenced its search process already. You can read that story HERE and see our updated 2022-2023 Coaching Changes Tracker HERE.

Season Almost Here… You know the season is getting closer when conferences start to announce their schedules. The CHA 22-23 schedule can be found HERE. The WCHA conference schedule can be found HERE.

Regional Representation… Ontario and Minnesota Lead The Way… Canada’s U18 Selection camp has players from 7 different provinces, here is a breakdown:

Province# of Players
British Columbia6
Alberta4
Saskatchewan2
Manitoba3
Ontario21
Quebec5
Nova Scotia3

Team USA’s U18 National Festival Camp Roster has players from 13 different states, here is a breakdown:

State# of Players
California2
Montana1
Missouri1
Minnesota13
Illinois1
Michigan2
Pennsylvania2
Florida1
New York1
Vermont1
Connecticut1
Massachusetts4
Wisconsin1

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Until Next Time… Enjoy and Happy Reading!


-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

Recruiting Events/League Online Directory… Find all the recruiting events on WCH.org right HERE. Want to add your event? Click HERE to fill out our WCH.org event form.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

In This Post #74 – 7/28/22 – Recruiting In Full Swing – Part-III – Nat’l Team Staff/Schedules/Rosters – Sifters

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Recruiting In Full Swing Part III

Nat’l Team Staff/Schedules

Sifters


Latest From… The Women’s College Hockey Podcast – Episode #3A…

  • Episode #3A Part I – Is Now LIVE|The Recap

Recruiting In Full Swing Part III

August 1 visits begin… The 1st of August represents another key date on the D-I recruiting calendar. This is when coaches are allowed to begin face-to-face ON or OFF campus contact. Programs can invite recruits to visit campus for official or unofficial visits. Needless to say, it’s a busy time for coaches no matter what division you’re in. Many D-III schools have similar start dates etc. but they have more stringent rules as to when they can start on the ice with their teams. Which allows them more time to recruit and take care of visits in the early part of the year before their seasons really ramp up.

We mentioned in our last post, recruits wanting to visit to campus is becoming a ‘must’ before making their commitment to a school. Which is nice to hear. One, it means the rules put into place May of 2019 to slow the process down – is working. Two, the visit is a vital part of one’s recruiting experience. It’s a great way to judge and get a feel for what the physical environment will be like. You get to smell the smells, kick-the-tires so to speak. Seeing the classroom spaces, dorms, dinning halls, the rink, athletic facilities, the area around campus, etc. is hugely beneficial.

Here are a few thoughts on visits.

  • The type of visit you have, whether ‘official’ or ‘unofficial’ should not really matter. What should, is the kind experience you want to have.
  • Know what you want out of your visit experience. Do you want to see what campus is like when students are in session? Do you want to see the team practice or play? Do you want to eat in the dinning hall, sit in on a class, talk to players on the team, see other facilities? Be sure to communicate what kid of experience you want out of your visit. An easy way to do that, is ask the coach what’s in store for the visit.
  • Know that coaches usually have a priority list of recruits with whom they want to invite on a visit and by a certain date. If you’re talking with a school and the topic of a visit hasn’t come up yet, ask how the program handles deciding on who visits, when they can happen, and what the potential of having one for yourself is.
  • Most all visits, official or unofficial are offered by the coaching staff… don’t assume you’re automatically going to be offered a visit just because you’ve had a phone call or two. Official visits involve money being spent by the program – money that is not yours to spend. If the topic of visits come up, clarify what is being offered and ask the coach to go over how the visit would work.
  • Know that you can’t take more than 5 official visits – 1 per school – at the D-I level. Be prepared to explain how you are going to decide which schools you want to visit. Bottom line, have a plan and be willing to share your logic.

Oh – and one more thing. Try to avoid the unannounced drop-in visit. Coaches have a ton going on and may not be on campus or have their day already schedule an unable to meet. Best to always communicate and plan ahead!

A Busy August & September… The summer is coming to an end believe it or not. And coaching staffs are busy prepping for the start of their season. For some, that comes in as little as 3.5 weeks. Y-I-K-E-S! I know, right? Crazy to think the college hockey season is starting that soon – but for many programs, they’ll be on the ice as a team before August is over with. Orientation for freshmen at some schools begins as early as the Aug. 19-21 weekend with classes starting on the 22nd. On the other end of the spectrum some schools won’t start classes until after labor day or later–as late as Sept. 12th. NCAA rules allow D-I coaches to begin a limited number of hours on-ice with their teams once classes begin at their institution.

August and September are jammed back with coaches hitting the recruiting trail. And there are no shortage of events to attend. Here’s our list of major recruiting events you can expect D-I coaches to be at.

DateEventLocation
July 27-28PIP Boston Harbor StyleBedford, MA
July 29-31E.C Wizards Summer ShowcaseBedford, MA
July 29-31Beantown Classic
Birth Years ’07-’12
Marlborough, MA
& Surrounding Area
August 2-12Hockey Canada U18 Selection CampCalgary, AB – WinSport
August 4-7Premier Ice Prospects
702 Showcase Vegas Styl
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Las Vegas, NV
August 8-12USA Hockey National Festival – U18Buffalo, NY – Harborcenter
August 11-14Premier Ice Prospects
615 Showcase Music City Styl
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Nashville, TN
August 14-18SnipeCity ShowcaseOshawa, ON
August 17-20USA vs. CAN 3-Game SeriesCalgary, AB – WinSport
August 19-21Premier Ice Prospects
Niagara Falls Prospect Cam
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Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
August 26 – Sept 4IIHF Senior World ChampionshipsDenmark
Sept 2-4NAHA Labor DayWellesley, MA
Sept 2-4PIP Labor Day ShowcasePittsburgh, PA
Sept 9-11Stoney Creek U18AA ShowcaseHamilton, ON
Sept 9-11**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 16-18Stoney Creek U22/U19 Elite SHCSEHamilton, ON
Sept 16-18Calgary Firestarter U18AAACalgary, AB
Sept 16-18**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 23-25**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 23-25Stoney Creek U15AA SHowcaseHamilton, ON
** = MN HS Elite League schedule dates not confirmed as of 7-27-22

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USA/Canada Select Camp Info

NCAA Connections

Both the US and Canada announced their respective national team camp coaching staffs. Many NCAA ties on both sides. Team USA has 15 current NCAA Head, Associate/Assistant Coaches while representing both D-I and D-III institutions. Hockey Canada has 9 NCAA Head or Associate/Assistant coaches at their selection camps. 4 head coaches from the ECAC alone. You can see the complete camp schedules, staff lists, and US rosters below. Canada has not announced its player attendee rosters yet. The US and Canada will play a 3-game series in Calgary Aug. 17-20. Games will most likely be streamed as they have been in the passed. We’ll provide streaming info as soon as we have it.

Schedule – USA Hockey Women’s National Festival U18 & Over 18 Age Groups

Roster – USA Hockey Women’s National Festival U18 & Over 18

Schedule – Hockey Canada Women’s National Team

Schedule – Hockey Canada National Women’s Development Team

Schedule – Hockey Canada National Women’s U18 Team

Team USA Staff, USA Hockey Women’s Festival – Buffalo, NY

POSITIONNAME
Director, Women’s National Team ProgramKatie Million
ADM Manager, Female HockeyKristen Wright
Hockey Operations & Event Manager, Women’s National TeamNick Bryant
U.S. Women’s National Team Head CoachJohn Wroblewski
U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant CoachJosh Sciba
U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant CoachShelley Looney
U.S. Women’s National Team Goalie CoachAlli Altman
U22 Head CoachAllison Coomey 
U22 Assistant CoachLee-J Mirasolo
U22 Assistant CoachShari Dickerman
U22 Goalie CoachMackenzie Bruch
U18 Head CoachKatie Lachapelle
U18 Assistant CoachLindsay Berman
U18 Assistant CoachLiz Keady Norton
U18 Goalie CoachSanya Sandahl
Hockey OperationsJess Scott
Hockey OperationsEmily Ach
Hockey OperationsHeather Mannix
Hockey OperationsAnna Van Huerke
ScoutJeff Giesen
Camp CoachBrent Hill
Camp CoachDave Flint
Camp CoachKim Weiss
Camp CoachMolly Engstrom
Scout/Camp CoachHolley Tyng
Scout/Camp CoachWhitney Colbert
Strength & Conditioning Head CoachCal Dietz
Strength & Conditioning CoachAmy Hobday
Strength & Conditioning CoachBill DeLongis
Strength & Conditioning CoachTad Johnson
Strength & Conditioning CoachJessica Burlingame
Strength & Conditioning CoachKourtney Menches
PhysicianBrian Domby
PhysicianJamie Schlueter
PhysicianJohn Hatzenbuehler
PhysicianDanielle De Freitas
Athletic TrainerKatie Homan
Athletic TrainerTodd Lamoreaux
Athletic TrainerStef Arndt
Athletic TrainerAmanda Kelley
Athletic TrainerKarlie O’Reilly
Athletic TrainerAnnika Ferber
Athletic TrainerAmanda Myer
Athletic TrainerEmi Hartman
Athletic TrainerCarrie Gaydos
Massage TherapistDemarcus Long
Massage TherapistMeghan Shand
Massage TherapistSarah Martinez
NutritionistCarrie Aprik
NutritionistHanalyn Podgursk
NutritionistEmily Palmerton
NutritionistShannon Zaporski
Equipment ManagerBrent Proulx
Equipment ManagerSis Paulsen
Equipment ManagerEric Anastasi
Equipment ManagerDan McGrath
Equipment ManagerSkylar Klingfus
Equipment ManagerKaitlyn Scales
Video OperationsAdam Purner
Video OperationsAmanda Long
Video OperationsJustin Kakuska
CommunicationsMelissa Katz
Digital ContentTaylor Swierc

Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Selection Camp Staff Roster

Hockey Canada Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
President & Chief Executive OfficerScott SmithBathurst, N.B.Hockey Canada
Senior Vice-President, Hockey OperationsScott SalmondCreston, B.C.Hockey Canada
Director, Hockey OperationsGina KingsburyRouyn-Noranda, Que.Hockey Canada
Senior Manager, Player Development & ScoutingCherie PiperScarborough, Ont.Hockey Canada
ConsultantCassie Campbell-PascallBrampton, Ont.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
Head CoachTroy RyanSpryfield, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachKori CheverieNew Glasgow, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachAli DomenicoOttawa, Ont.Providence College (HE)
Assistant CoachCaroline OuelletteMontreal, Que.Concordia University (RSEQ)
Goaltending ConsultantBrad KirkwoodCalgary, Alta.University of Calgary (CW)
Video CoachJames EmeryCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachVicki BendusWasaga Beach, Ont.Brock University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerBrittany SimpsonOttawa, Ont.Carleton University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerBlair SmookAirdrie, Alta.Hockey Canada
Team PhysicianDr. Kevin AsemLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
TherapistChristine AtkinsFort Macleod, Alta.Hockey Canada
TherapistKaitlyn MaddiganLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Massage TherapistMeagan CowellLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey OperationsTania KennyToronto, Ont.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey OperationsDylan RockwellCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada
Media RelationsEsther MadziyaLethbridge, Alta.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada Women’s Development Team Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
Head CoachKori CheverieNew Glasgow, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachRachel FlanaganPontypool, Ont.University of Guelph (OUA)
Assistant CoachMarc-André CôtéMontreal, Que.University of Moncton (AUS)
Goaltending ConsultantPerry WilsonLaSalle, Ont.University of Windsor (OUA)
Video CoachRichard BueOttawa, Ont.Winnipeg (NHL)
Strength and Conditioning CoachShannon MacAulayCharlottetown, P.E.I.Hockey Canada
Equipment ManagerSydney AuthierWallaceburg, Ont.Ryerson University (OUA)
Massage TherapistVictoria McIntosh
Team PhysicianDr. Wanda MillardLondon, Ont.London (OHL)
Hockey Canada Camp Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
Assistant CoachMatt DesrosiersPort Colborne, Ont.Clarkson University (ECAC)
CoachGreg FargoKingston, Ont.Colgate University (ECAC)
CoachSarah HilworthVancouver, B.C.University of New Brunswick (AUS)
CoachChris MacKenzieNiagara Falls, Ont.University of Connecticut (HE)
CoachNoémie MarinActon Vale, Que.John Abbott College (CEGEP)
CoachCara MoreyHensall, Ont.Princeton University (ECAC)
CoachSteve O’RourkeSummerland, B.C.Prince George (WHL)
CoachStéphanie PoirierQue.University of Montreal (RSEQ)
CoachCassie TurnerCampbellford, Ont.Quinnipiac University (ECAC)
Goaltending ConsultantBrad FogalSharon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Goaltending ConsultantPaul GibsonSt. Thomas, Ont.Oshawa (OHL)
Goaltending ConsultantSheldon GoertzenSaskatoon, Sask.University of Saskatchewan (CW)
Video CoachChandler BiggarOshawa (OHL)
Video CoachJonathan MoranWindsor, Ont.Windsor (OHL)
Video CoachEthan O’Rourke  
Strength and Conditioning CoachEmmanuelle BlaisLaSalle, Que.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachAmanda Jones
Strength and Conditioning CoachJeremy SteinbachBinbrook, Ont.CSI Atlantic
Skills CoachMike EllisBurlington, Ont.Tampa Bay (NHL)
Skills CoachMark EllisSt. Thomas, Ont.Hockey Canada
Skills CoachDave CameronKinkora, P.E.I.Ottawa (OHL)
Massage TherapistHolly ZitaOttawa, Ont.Hockey Canada
TherapistTricia McBrideVancouver, B.C.Hockey Canada
Team SupportKaterine Aubry-HébertBoucherville, Que.Hockey Québec
Team SupportJocelyn DavidsonDelburne, Alta.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada Women’s National U18 Team Staff
Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
President & Chief Executive OfficerScott SmithBathurst, N.B.Hockey Canada
Senior Vice-President, Hockey OperationsScott SalmondCreston, B.C.Hockey Canada
Director, Hockey OperationsGina KingsburyRouyn-Noranda, Que.Hockey Canada
Senior Manager, Player Development & ScoutingCherie PiperScarborough, Ont.Hockey Canada
Head CoachCourtney Birchard-KesselMississauga, Ont.Princeton University (ECAC)
Assistant CoachStefanie McKeoughCarlsbad Springs, Ont.University of Ottawa (OUA)
Assistant CoachTara WatchornNewcastle, Ont.Stonehill College (NEWHA)
Goaltending CoachGord WoodhallWinnipeg, Ont.Winnipeg (MFHL)
Video CoachStef ThomsonOshawa, Ont.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachNick WestcottKanata, Ont.Carleton University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerMike MatthiesPrince George, B.C.Prince George (WHL)
TherapistKaryn FanstoneOakbank, Man.Brooks (AJHL)
Team PhysicianDr. Jen HackingWinnipeg, Man.Hockey Canada
Mental Performance ConsultantJackson SlauenwhiteCharlottetown, P.E.I.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey Operations   
Coordinator, Hockey OperationsSavannah NewtonMiddle Sackville, N.S.Hockey Canada
Media Relations

Hockey Canada Women’s National U18 Camp Staff

Position/TitleNameHometownOrganization
CoachGabriel Boudreau Quebec Blizzard (U15 AAA)
CoachTeresa HutchinsonMississauga, Ont.York University (OUA)
CoachEdith RacineSt. Albert, Ont.Cornell University (ECAC)
CoachDean SeymourSaskatoon, Sask.Hockey Canada
Goaltending ConsultantKatie GreenwayGuelph, Ont.Hockey Canada
Video CoachMatthew Smith  
Equipment ManagerA.J. MurleySt. John’s, N.L.Hockey Canada
TherapistDanielle McNallyWolfville, N.S.Hockey Canada
Team SupportNataliia KlimenovaCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada

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Sifters

Little tidbits from around the world of women’s hockey

  • Our Coaching Changes Tracker has been updated which you can find HERE. Princeton has a position open in operations/video. Stonehill has hired another assistant coach – former Wisconsin Badger Lauren Williams who spent time coaching at Becker College. Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT will add a Varsity Women’s program beginning in ’23-’24. Albertus is a D-3 school. A national search for a Head Coach is underway.
  • Chris Dilks for SB Nation College Hockey reported yesterday SUNY-Binghamton is doing a study to add men’s hockey. You can read the article HERE. Binghamton is already a D-I school athletically, but that’s not what caught my eye. What did was Dilks’ quote and comment on rumors of Utica University perhaps making the jump to D-I. “The timing also feels right for a smaller eastern school like Binghamton to add a program. Between new additions of independent programs like Long Island and Stonehill, as well as a rumored move to Division I for Utica College… Click the link and it will take you to a story from back in March when the question of what’s next for Utica hockey came up in an article in the Daily Sentinel The infrastructure is already in place with Utica as there is both women’s and men’s hockey… and a rabid fan-base. We’ll pass any news we hear along the way.
  • Full announcement from the most recent NCAA’s Transformation Committee can be found HERE. Interestingly if approved, student-athletes will be allowed to transfer more than once and still be eligible. Certain sports will become the wild, wild west. Schools accepting transfers will be on the hook to fund financial-aid for student-athletes until they finish their degree or 5th year – whichever comes first.
  • The International Quebec Pee Wee Tournament in Quebec City will for the first time, host a Girls division. Girls teams have participated, but there has never been a separate girls division. You can find the tournament application HERE. Teams have until October 2022 to get their applications submitted.
  • Additional news out of Quebec as reported by CBC, “This week, the CEGEP de Saint-Laurent confirmed it’s suspending its women’s program temporarily, citing problems recruiting players and coaches.” Not good news for women’s hockey in Quebec.

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Until Next Time… Enjoy & Happy Reading!


-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #73 – 7/21/22 – Recruiting In Full Swing – Part II, USA Hockey Nat’l Dev. Camp Review, Grad Transfer Stats, Sifters


Latest From… The Women’s College Hockey Podcast – Episode #3A…

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Recruiting In Full Swing Part – II

Today we analyze what appears to be a changing landscape around college recruiting and the showcase/tournament style events coaches attend. Showcase, tournament, and camp/clinic event owner / operators could be facing big hurdles in the future as conditions within D-I recruiting, travel, and the NCAA – change.

Recruiting Event Landscape Changing

There has been quite a bit of talk this summer amongst D-I coaches regarding the lack of real high-end talent and just even a good concentration of talent at events compared to prior years. One reason, there are more showcases, tournaments, and camps than ever. There are way more event operators in the showcase/tournament/camp/clinic space than ever before. Second, beyond what USA Hockey and Hockey Canada offer as part of their Nat’l Dev. Camps or High Performance initiatives, there is only so much talent to go around and only so many weeks to schedule events. We can think of weekend in June but prior to the June 15th call date where there were 4 and 5 major events goin on in the same weekend. Only a few showcase event operators continually attract potential D-I quality talent. We don’t track event rosters and where those participants end up playing college hockey D-I or D-III, but it sure would be interesting to see. For D-III coaches, its a much different story. The environment is great for D-III programs from a talent prospective. D-III staffs do have the same problem D-I coaches have – not enough staff and or $ in the recruiting budget to get to everything they’d like to. The number of players within the competitive player pool, as we call it, has increased. Travel costs have also increased significantly.

We’re probably seeing the D-I recruiting summer landscape change right before our eyes. Coaches want to go where the talent is, especially in the summer months as recruiting is far more targeted now than it used to be. Rosters for showcase/camp style events are extremely hard to come by. Tournaments, not so much. And yes, we know it’s a chicken and egg type of situation. Event/showcase operators need to promote coaches in their marketing materials so players will sign up. But, recruiting dollars aren’t unlimited. With as expensive as travel has become, programs will probably be very careful where they put their dollars to work. Coaches usually go to events for two reason either A) Identify new prospects or B) Evaluate prospects on their recruiting list–hopefully vs. excellent talent.

The takeaway is this, with an overall talent pool spread thin having to choose between multiple events, travels costs not expected to go down anytime soon, and a lot of events scheduled on the same week/weekends, D-I coaches are probably going to get more choosey with where they go in the future, especially in the summer months. And what could make matters worse, are potential looming changes to the women’s ice hockey recruiting calendar from the NCAA Transformation Committee which could drastically cut down the number of days coaches can be off campus to evaluate players.

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NCAA Transformation Coming

Recruiting as we know it, is going to look and feel drastically different sooner than later due to upcoming changes from the NCAA Transformation Committee. How soon no one really knows. But why… is bigger more complicated question.

If you follow news about the NCAA then the NCAA Transformation Committee (‘NCAA TC’ for short) should be a group you are aware of. If you don’t, you need to, because college athletics is about to get real interesting. Unlimited scholarships for teams, players getting paid, flexible transfer rules, squad size limits, are all a very real possibility.

So who and what is this NCAA Transformation Committee and why does it exist?

The NCAA hasn’t had a real good track record with its own athletes or in the court system, or with public opinion. It has an image problem. NCAA athletes largely have been uncompensated employees while the NCAA, athletic departments, and high profile sport coaches have reaped billions, all on the backs of their own athletes’ efforts. The dollar amounts are staggering. Lawyers and the athletes realized they were being taken advantage of. Lawsuits followed, as did congressional hearings in Washington. And after a few social media posts from the 2020 NCAA D-I Women’s Basketball Tournament, the disparity in financial support the NCAA doesn’t give to it’s female sport counterparts became a tipping point. A third-party gender equity law-firm review was conducted and voila – you have an organization in real trouble with egg on its face and unless something drastic gets done, the lawsuits keep coming.

To right-the-ship, the NCAA put together a group of 21 people charged with changing how the NCAA operates, what it oversees, and what decisions it gets to make, and thus – the NCAA TC was born. The real plan for the NCAA seems to be figuring out how to transfer power, not get sued, and limit risk while improving its public image.

The NCAA TC is slowly tipping its hand at what will change and how things will be different. The full extent is not known quite yet, but here are some examples of what this group has already committed to changing.

  • Set membership standards for each Division — I, II, and III. You want to compete at the D-I level, then your athletic department will have to abide by having a certain level of services and resources. What those are exactly isn’t known. Perhaps its in the area of providing adequate mental health professionals, diet/nutrition specialists, academic support services and the like. What the NCAA won’t decide, is how much money schools or sport programs have to spend in certain areas… like scholarships, etc.
  • Do away with scholarship limits. Example… hockey has a limit of 18 full scholarships. The NCAA wants to do away with those limits and open it up to allow schools the freedom to spend as they wish.
  • Squad Size Limits… the NCAA would dictate how large rosters could be. As an example, D-I hockey teams may be limited to having no more than a certain number of players on a roster.
  • Do away with coaching staff limitations… The NCA would not mandate how many or how few coaches could be employed full-time to work with a team. Now, D-I Hockey has a limit of 3 full-time coaches + 1 volunteer… that could go away and you could have any number of coaches on staff. The number of coaches who could be in a recruiting capacity would be very similar to what staffs have now however. In hockey, this amounts to programs adding compensated skills or power skating/goalie coaches. Whereas before, program could have only volunteer, the prospect of hockey programs having many coaches is real.
  • Recruiting calendars… This is the big one. Sports would have their own recruiting calendars with a pre-determined amount of weeks where no recruiting activities could take place. As an example, women’s hockey could have a period of up to 10 weeks per calendar year where no recruiting activities can take place… no player evaluations, no communication allowed with recruits, families, youth hockey/high school/club coaches… this is a complete evaluation and communication SHUTDOWN. D-I women’s hockey already has about 6 weeks where we can’t evaluate from the end of April (usually) until June 1. However, coaches can still communicate. Programs would have a certain number of ‘recruiting days’ to utilize per year to evaluate and potentially have NO limits on the number of evaluations or how often communication could take place. As an example, a D-I program may have 200 recruiting days to use as a staff combined between all coaches (not 200 per coach), and recruiting shut-downs would occur from say, around mid-April to mid-June (8 weeks), plus a week around the US July 4 holiday week and the week prior to Dec. 25… again – these dates are only used as examples for now.
  • Enforcement of rules and who handles that aspect of regulation will change too. It could be the conferences themselves more involved? Perhaps a 3rd party entity will be created? Much is not known on who will control enforcing the rules. But one thing we can infer is, you can’t make major rule/policy changes to say – recruiting – without sorting out how enforcement will work. So until that happens, don’t expect recruiting or scholarship rules to change yet.

The above list is just a smattering of what will actually may change and unfortunately, no one knows exactly when all these will occur. Who will be in charge of managing scholarships, financial aid, and who can spend what? It will be largely up to the conferences or at least we thing that is the direction the NCAA TC could go. May be certain institutions? What is going on is a complete shift in who has power. In college athletics, power is who controls money and people (athletes/coaches in this case) and the NCAA wants out of that business. They’d much rather transfer their risk to others willing to take it on. Conferences have too much $ on the line with TV contracts, apparel deals, etc. to not be the ones to take over for the NCAA in regulating the day-to-day of how college athletics operates.

As things become known, we’ll keep you as up to date as we can. For clear-cut definition and roster of who sits in The NCAA TC, click HERE.

Update as of 9pm EST July 20, 2022… The NCAA’s D-I Council announced its endorsement of several recommendations from the Transformation Committee, “… to better support student-athletes, improve efficiency and timeliness in the infractions process, and improve clarity in the transfer environment.”

The big takeaway from tonight’s announcement has to do with clarity in the Transfer Process... Specifically 1) The transfer window will be open for athletes to transfer more than once. Previously it was one-time. 2) Beginning the day after the NCAA D-I Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament field is announced (and for all other winter-sports), athletes have a 60-day window to notify their current institution in writing their wish to enter the transfer portal. Using this year as an example, the 60-day window would have began Monday March 7, 2022 and ended Thursday May 5th. 3) Schools accepting transfers will be REQUIRED to provide financial aid (athletic scholarships) through the completion of the athlete’s 5th year of eligibility or when their degree is granted – whichever comes first.

The D-I Council’s recommendations must be approved by the D-I Board of Governors next month to be adopted. You may read the NCAA’s official announcement from tonight HERE.

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USA Hockey Nat’l Dev Camp Observations

USA Hockey ends the busiest portion of its summer with the U18 Select Camp finishing up today. Yours truly attended the 15 Camp as well as the past 3 days of the U18 Select Camp. The only camp left to be held is the U18 final camp or 30 or so players usually, in early August to select the initial U18 World Championship roster. That team will then head to Calgary, Alberta for a 3-game series vs. Team Canada. Here are some observations…

  • Lots of D-I coaches on hand for the 15 Camp (’07/’08 birth yrs)… not as many for the U18 Select Camp. And certainly plenty on hand at the 16/17 camp (’06/’05 birth yrs).
  • USA Hockey made a change this year regarding 15 Camp attendees in that, no 15 Camp attendee would get selected for the the U18 Camp. Parents were not happy. The only way ’07’s were allowed to attend the U18 Camp was if they were selected to it in the first place. Where as 13 players from the 16/17 camp were selected to attend the U18 camp.
  • 15 Camp is probably too long, especially for goalies. Goalies attended a USA Hockey goalie camp before the main camp. 4-5 days total would be plenty. 6 nights and 7 days for players or 10 & 9 for goalies (8 and 7 for staff), is way too much. Less is more. Especially if no one from camp is going to be moving on to the Select 18’s.
  • Interesting numbers on penalties called at the U18 Select Camp. Too many?
Game ## of PenaltiesTotal # of Mins in GM% of GM on Special Teams
Game 14610.7%
Game 2121832.1%
Game 3121832.1%
Game 4142137.5%
Game 51116.529.4%
Game 6121832.1%
Game 7710.518%
Game 8913.524.1%

*Warning, personal opinion based rant… One final thought from an NCAA coaches perspective…

Everything that goes on at these types of camps matters. You can add in all the Canadian provincial and Hockey Canada camps as well. These camps become extremely important to NCAA D-I coaches. And what better eval do you want as a coach then to watch players in a best-on-best format? It’s great hockey to watch and we as coaches are thankful USA Hockey / Hockey Canada and the Canadian provinces put these events on. However…

Sometimes it appears the ‘importance’ of these event for college coaches gets lost in the mix. Let’s face it, NCAA coaches come to these events and leave making six-figure type decisions that will impact lives and livelihoods based on what they saw at these events. For decades now, NCAA programs have helped produce Team USA and Hockey Canada’s olympic and World Championship rosters. There is a lot at stake. The money alone that gets decided on out of these events is a lot. I’d be willing to bet in the U18 select camp alone, when all the college commitments and scholarship/financial aid offers get made, there was close to $12 million dollars on the ice this week. Not to mention what the 16/17 camp was worth. Heck, if every D-I scholarship or financial aid offer was an average of $40K per year, D-I alone commands about $40 million a year with 42 teams.

Camps are a ton of work, and you can’t make everyone happy. But when 5 on 5 play is only close to 70% or less of game play or a goalie session gets cancelled on the last day of camp and no one outside of USA Hockey knows about it, or roster info doesn’t get distributed until a certain point in an event… lack of those things matters. If the NCAA ever deregulates camps/clinics rules to allow coaches to hold invite only events, perhaps NCAA coaches will band together and organize their own best-on-best events themselves. But until then, with all that money & opportunity on the line, it would be nice to see a different thought process where everything matters.

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21-22 Graduate Transfer Data

Last December, our Pipeline Blog Post had grad transfer data… rosters by team of graduate transfer players and statistics through the end of November. You can check it out here. Now that the season has ended, here is the the data for the 21-22 season which you can find HERE.

In all, 80 grad transfer players found their way on to D-I rosters this year. In a typical year, that’s about 1/3 of a incoming recruiting class across D-I. That means, 80 incoming freshman may not have had a spot. In addition to the 80 – 5th year grad transfers, who have now exhausted their NCAA eligibility, there are 200 or so Seniors graduating. That means the pool of next year 5th year grad transfers will come from this pool… but it won’t be all 200. 1) Seniors from Post, St. Mike’s, St. Anselms, RPI, Union, and all 6 Ivy League schools were not eligible for a 5th year. Players needed to be on a college hockey roster in 20-21 in order to get a ‘COVID 5th year’ from the NCAA.

In all, it looks like the grad transfer players were pretty productive with 18.5 points per player. 7.13 goals and 11.36 assists per player. Goalies averaged a save % of .926, GAA of 2.10, and 11.1 wins.

Sifters

Little tidbits from around the world of women’s hockey

  • USA Hockey Moving On??? With the end of USA Hockey’s Nat’l Dev. Summer Camps in St. Cloud… we’re hearing rumblings it may indeed be the actual end of camps for USA Hockey in St. Cloud. Rumor is bids are being taken or will be, to host future camps. St. Cloud offered a nice combo of 2 sheets of ice, dorms, dining halls, and all the other services USA Hockey likes/needed to run its operation. No word on possible locations. That said, Lake Placid please???
  • Best-of-Three In CHA… College Hockey America is changing its post-season playoff format to include the top four team in a 1v4 and 2v3 – best two-out-of-three format hosted by the high seed. Semi-final winners will move on to play a 1-game CHA Championship Game hosted by the highest remaining seed.
  • ECAC Hires New Associate Commissioner… Nick Sczerbinski has been named new ECAC Associate Commissioner announced by the league office. Sczerbinski is no stranger to the ECAC having graduated from and worked in the athletic department at Quinnipiac University where he was associate athletic director for athletic communications. You can read more on his hiring HERE.
  • WCHA Hires Interim Commissioner… With Jennifer Flowers departing the WCHA to take an Athletic Director position at Southwest Minnesota State University, the WCHA announced on July 5th former Bemidji State Athletic Director Tracy Dill, has been hired by the league on an interim basis and will begin his duties August 1. In its press release, the WCHA sighted the NCAA’s uncertainty with de-regulation and what the role of a commissioner or conference may be in the near future. You can read more on his hiring HERE. Rob DeGregorio, commissioner of the CHA and NEWHA will also step down as of the end of this coming season. The D-I landscape of commissioners will look very different at the end of next season.
  • NCAA D-III Passes Legislation… Recently passed legislation at D-III will impact women’s ice hockey for the coming season. The biggest of which is the D-III National Championship Tournament will now be at 11 teams, up 1, from 10. You can read the NCAA’s official announcement HERE. Now the D-I and D-III national championships will have the same amount of teams – 11.

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Until Next Time… Enjoy & Happy Reading!


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-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #72 – 7/19/22 – Recruiting In Full Swing, Coaching Changes, Sifters


Latest From… The Women’s College Hockey Podcast – Episode #3A…

  • Episode #3A Part I – Is Now LIVE|The Recap

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Recruiting In Full Swing

We are exactly 1-month into D-I coaches being allowed to initiate direct contact with recruits and family members (phone/email/text/social media), who are entering grade 11 next Fall. D-I coaches are also back on the recruiting trail as of June 1. The ‘Recruiting Ramp-Up’ bas we call it brings a lot of intrigue, excitement, as well as some heartache too. Over the next few days we’ll dive-in and give you a run-down of what we are hearing from D-I coaches about their first contacts with recruits, the changing landscape of recruiting events this summer, and an introduction to the NCAA Transformation Committee: What is it, why it was created, what they have been charge to do, and how college athletics… namely women’s college hockey… will be impacted.

On The Phones, 1st Contacts, and Information Overload… It seems not as many verbal commitments are happening out of the gate as perhaps in years passed. Word from a lot of NCAA coaches we’ve talked to is players are interested in taking their time before pulling the trigger on a verbal commitment. Why? They want to visit campus as a part of their decision making process. We say hallelujah to that. Perhaps the pandemic had something to do with the delay in commitments? Not many families were able or flat-out decided – not to travel and visit campuses. It’s nice to actually hear a majority of players want to do their homework. Not all have though. There have been some early commitments, but far less that usual.

In our conversations w/ Club & high school coaches, they are indicating many parents/players are finding themselves under-prepared for the volume of calls, types of conversations players and parents are having, and are a bit overwhelmed. This is very typical to be honest. There is SO much info to wrap ones head around on these types of calls. If you’re a really good player, just imagine fielding 10, 20, 30, 35+ calls, emails, texts on June 15th. That’s a lot of time on the phone and a lot of info to keep track of. There are sales professional who don’t experience that kind of workload.

Unless recruits & their parents have had someone else in the family or a best friend go through the process, you would have no idea what was about to come your way June 15. There are some club/high school coaches who help their players with what to expect in terms of the types of questions they could get and what to be prepared for – but it’s rare to find this. Most recruits & families have no idea how many programs are going to try and get in touch with them. But when schools do, you need to be prepared. There are some best practices we recommend – outlined below… whether it’s a D-I or D-III program reaching out – makes absolutely no difference.

Recruiting Calls – Best Practices

  • Create a plan to organize call info… use a notebook, laptop/computer, phone – however best works for you, but find way to keep track what you talk about w/ each school and coach. After the call is over, write down your initial thoughts, good or bad and any next steps discussed.
  • Know what comes next with that school now that you’ve had that initial phone call by asking, ‘Ah, Coach, what happens next in your process, how do we move forward from here?’ That is assuming you have interest in that school. Knowing what you want to happen next also helps b/c a coach might just turn the question back at you for direction.
  • Do your research… look online at each school/hockey program after your call. May be you go visit campus on your own without the coaching staff. If you’re really interested in the school, reach out to an alum parent/player to ask questions and get a first-hand account of someones experience (social media is great for getting in touch w/ former players/parents!), Check-out the roster and gauge avail spots that may open up due to graduation. 
  • Have a list of questions ready to ask… how many players at my position are you recruiting for? Have you made any offers yet? Have any commitments? When do you typically make offers? What kind of grades do I need to get in, etc. Having a list of questions ready to go makes you seem interested and prepared – and coaches love players who give some thought to the school/hockey program they’re engaging with.
  • Think about answers to questions you could get asked so you know how to respond… “Well Susie, we’re all for full this year, but we’d love to take you in our class of ’25, how would you feel about taking a gap year??—is a very real question you could get. I know you played Center last year, what about a year or two on D for us? How would you feel if you didn’t play much and had to wait a bit for regular playing time? Would you commit right now on the phone to us? What major are you looking for? What other schools are on your list? All of these could potentially get asked. Again, doing your homework and having answers tells coaches you’ve actually thought about these scenarios and are prepared.

Bottom line, be organized and prepare for what could happen. This type of prep. work will show well to any coach!

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Plenty of Coaching Changes

Last year we saw upwards of over 50 coaching changes across D-I/D-III, which we kept track of and can be found HERE. We’re doing the same this summer as well and we’re already at 61 & counting. You can find our ’22-’23 Coaching Changes Tracker Document of to date – HERE.

Here are a few takeaways…

  • Leaving the NCAA Coaching Profession to Play Pro… Thus far, 3 D-I assistants have left the coaching profession to sign pro deals in the PHF. Former Assistant coaches Breanne Wilson-Bennet of Union College, Melissa Samoskevich of Penn State, and Claudia Kepler of Syracuse have all moved on from coaching to play in the PHF. With the Premier Hockey Federation’s salary cap jumping to $750,000 this season and teams having to spend at least 75% of their cap, players are now positioned to make more than ever before. We thought this might be something that would occur if/when salaries and the $ became enticing enough for female Coaches who weren’t finished with their playing days. The ability to play has a shelf-life, obviously. It will be interesting to see if more NCAA teams will lose staff to not only play professionally, but perhaps to other coaching opportunities on the men’s pro-side as well.
  • It has been a very active season for coaching and professional staff changes. There have been 6 D-I head coaching hires which was 1 more than last year. Two of which are newer programs basically starting from the ground up in Robert Morris University and Assumption College. I say basically ‘starting up’ because both Assumption and Robert Morris do have some kind of history as they aren’t totally brand new programs.
  • As always, there are a few dominos that fall which create additional positions that need to be filled when current open positions get filled by coaches already coaching at a different school. When this happens, it tells us coaches are getting ‘recycled’, a common trend you see in the NHL and at all levels of hockey really. It also means very few ‘newbies’ are getting their chance to get into the game. Tough to tell what the applicant pools were for each position.

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Sifters

Little tidbits from around the world of women’s hockey

  • New Programs Set to Grow The Game… As documented in our 22-23 Coaching Changes Tracker, there are some new programs at D-I and D-III slated to come on board as soon as this season. Robert Morris University is in the midst of their reboot and will enter the CHA, its previous conference home, for the ’23-’24 season. Assumption University will elevate it’s ACHA club program to full NCAA D-II/D-I varsity status for ’23-’24 and have already inked a conference – The NEWHA and will be it’s 8th member. Stonehill College is a new program and will begin play this coming Fall in the NEWHA as its 7th member. Hilbert College, near Buffalo, NY will begin play this coming fall as a D-III program.
  • Women’s Hockey Makes Maccabiah Games Debut… Women’s Ice Hockey will make its inaugural appearance at this years games, thanks in large part to former Northeastern Grad Chelsea Goldberg. You can read the full story HERE in the Hockey News of how the event came to be.
  • New NCAA Rule Changes… Every two years the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee puts forth recommendations for new rules to take effect. the 22-23 season is such a year and there are a few new rules that if voted on (which should be known soon), will go into effect for the coming season. You can read what those new purposed rules are HERE
  • More Women Hired In Professional Men’s Hockey… Some very high profile female hires were made recently from the AHL to the NHL. This article is fantastic and documents how these opportunities are happening. It’s not by mistake thanks to the NHLCA. Read HERE.

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Until Next Time… Enjoy & Happy Reading!


-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #71 – 6/21/22 Episode#2 of TWCHP is NOW LIVE!

In This Post…

  • Episode #2 Now LIVE|Interview w/ Logan Bittle, Head Coach at Robert Morris University

Grant sits down with Logan Bittle, newly named head coach of Robert Morris University on of Feb. 3, 2022. Grant and Logan reflect on how Logan got into coaching, the tragic announcement of both the women’s & men’s ice hockey programs being cut, and the programs’ subsequent resurrection. Enjoy!


The Women’s College Hockey Podcast… our goal is three-fold. 1) Inform 2) Educate and 3) Promote NCAA D-I and D-III College Hockey. It’s that simple. We’ll recap all the major headlines as we analyze trending topics and storylines impacting the game today. You’ll hear everything from how NCAA coaches are trying to improve the path for youth hockey players to play NCAA college hockey, advice on navigating the recruiting process, to interviews with the sports most impactful influencers, as well as colorful banter on anything that insects with women’s college hockey.

thewomenscollegehockeypodcast@gmail.com

Stay tuned. Episodes will be dropping soon and available on all the major podcast platforms.

Until Next Time… Enjoy and Happy Listening!


-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

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Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #70 – 5/12/22 Major Podcast Announcement!

In This Post…

  • WCH.org to Produce It’s Very Own Podcast |

Women’s College Hockey.org to Produce Podcast. Coming Spring of ’22

Filling A Void

As many of you may know from our social media posts, we have announced plans to produce our very own podcast!

We didn’t want to leave any doubt as to the nature of what our Pod would be about – so it’s all in the name.

The Women’s College Hockey Podcast… our goal is three-fold. 1) Inform 2) Educate and 3) Provide you – the listener – with access to some of the sports biggest personalities. We’ll recap all the major headlines as we analyze trending topics and storylines impacting the game today. You’ll hear everything from how NCAA coaches are trying to improve amateur & college hockey, advice for parents and players navigating the recruiting process, to interviews with the sports most impactful influencers, as well as colorful banter on anything that insects with women’s college hockey.

Why a podcast? It seems like the next logical step in helping promote the sport from the WCH.org vantage point. We have our Pipeline Blog (which isn’t going away… may be a ‘Blog-Cast’ instead???), we have our website, and – to our surprise – there is isn’t a podcast dedicated to covering women’s college hockey!!!!  So, we thought, okay… time to step up. Women’s college hockey needs all the promotion it can get. Plus, what else would you want to listen to with all that time spent in the car on the way to practice and games, right? Ha.

Be sure to click the link above or below which takes you to our Podcast website page and subscribe! Why? You’ll receive episodes before the general public does, that’s why. It’s always better to be first!

The Women’s College Hockey Podcast Subscription Link (scroll to bottom of page)

Have an idea for an episode or a comment to share? Email our podcast team directly at: thewomenscollegehockeypodcast@gmail.com

Stay tuned. Episodes will be dropping soon and available on all the major podcast platforms.

Happy listening!

Until Next Time…


-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

Recruiting Events/League Online Directory… Find all the recruiting events on WCH.org right HERE. Want to add your event? Click HERE to fill out our WCH.org event form.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #69 – 3/12/22 – NCAA Tourney Update – Quinnipiac, MN-Duluth, Wisconsin Advance, D-III Tourney Underway

In This Post…

  • D-I NCAA Tournament Update |
  • D-III NCAA Tourney Underway |
  • D-I and D-III Viewing Links |

D-I 2022 NCAA Tourney Update

The Bracket

Quinnipiac, MN-Duluth, and Wisconsin Advance

Quinnipiac scored 2 goals in the 2nd period and 2 in the 3rd, including an empty-netter for a 4-0 victory vs. Syracuse. The bobcats will now face #1 tournament seed Ohio State Saturday for a berth in the Frozen Four. Corrine Schroeder got the shutout and made 16 stops. Adzija, Mobley, and Boyd each had 2 points a piece to pace the Bobcats.

MN-Duluth forward Gabbie Hughes needed just 39 seconds to put Duluth up 1-0 on the Crimson and they never looked back en route to a 4-0 win over Harvard in Minneapolis last night. Hughes would go on to score two more goals to complete the hat-trick while 5th yer senior and Top 10 Patty Kaz finalist Elizabeth Giguere chipped in with 3 assists of her own. Anna Klein would 2 assists as well. Duluth’s Soderberg picked up the shutout making 27 saves.

Wisconsin took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period and scored an empty net goal to secure a 3-1 win for the Badgers. Clarkson cut the lead to 1 on an extra-attacker goal with 2:01 remaining Almost half the game was played on special teams as a total of 26 minutes in penalties were called. Clarkson outshot Wisconsin 31-25. Wisconsin moves on to play the #3 overall seed Northeastern in a rematch of last years national championship game.

D-III NCAA Tourney Underway

The Division III NCAA National Championships got underway as well this week. Here’s everything you need to know.

You can watch the selection show HERE.

7 conferences give ‘Auto Bids’ to their post-season playoff champions. Those are below. 3 additional schools receive bids based on their season record and body of work. Those schools receive an ‘At-Large’ invitation to the tournament.

CONFERENCESCHOOL
Commonwealth Coast ConferenceEndicott
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceGustavus Adolphus
New England Hockey ConferenceElmira
New England Small College Athletic ConferenceMiddlebury
Northeast Women’s Hockey LeaguePlattsburgh State
United Collegiate Hockey ConferenceNazareth
Women’s Northern Collegiate Hockey AssociationAurora

The three institutions selected from Pool C were ColbyUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Bracket

Schedule

March 9 – First Round

Aurora University 0 @ UW-River Falls 7

UW-Eau Claire 0 @ Gust-Adolphus 3

March 12 – Quarterfinals

#8 Endicott @ #1 Middlebury, 3PM EST

#9 Colby @ #2 Plattsburgh, 3PM EST

#3 Elmira @ #6 Nazareth, 3Pm EST

#5 Gustavus @ #4 UW-River Falls, 3:05PM CST

Sifters

2 Minutes For Delay of Game… The women’s hockey spotlight is now firmly on the NCAA D-I tournament with its expanded 11-team field. Not only are three more teams added, but the tournament selection show was aired for the first time ever on national television via ESPN News last Sunday. The D-I game is evolving. Coverage of women’s NCAA hockey, D-I or D-III, has been hard to come by consistently in one spot. One hockey media outlet, USCHO.com, which stands for US College Hockey Online, does its best to cover both NCAA divisions. But even their women’s hockey coverage is sporadic.

With three NCAA tournament games played last night, over 50% of the field, one might expect a bit of coverage from the likes of a USCHO. Yet when you go to the USCHO.com homepage, there’s nothing about any of the three games. Heck, there isn’t anything on the women’s D-I homepage either. Seems like it should be US Men’s College Hockey Online, right? The only place I can find coverage or recaps from a national type media entity is from The Ice Garden, which is a blog that covers not only NCAA D-I hockey but professional leagues like the PHF.

The need for national coverage of Women’s D-I and D-III hockey only helps the sport top to bottom. There are so many great college players, coaches, rivalries, human interest stories, etc. NCAA Women’s Hockey deserves timely, quality, and consistent coverage.

Stream/Viewing Info for D-I & D-III Games today

Wisconsin vs. #3 Northeastern, 1pm EST – Watch HERE for FREE.

#5 Yale vs. #4 Colgate, 3pm EST. It’s been hard to find viewing info, until now. ESPN+ will carry the game according to its website. You can click HERE to subscribe.

MN-Duluth vs. #2 Minnesota – 2pm CST/3PM EST – Watch HERE for FREE.

Quinnipiac vs. #1 Ohio State, 5pm EST – Watch HERE for FREE.

D-III NCAA Tournament Game Viewing Options…

Endicott vs Middlebury, 3pm EST – Watch Here.

Elmira vs. Nazareth, 3pm – Watch HERE.

Colby vs. Plattsburgh, 2:45pm EST – Watch HERE.

Gustavus vs. UW-River Falls, 3PM EST / 2pm CST – Watch Here.

Enjoy the viewing!

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

Recruiting Events/League Online Directory… Find all the recruiting events on WCH.org right HERE. Want to add your event? Click HERE to fill out our WCH.org event form.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #68 – 3/10/22 – Weekly Schedule, Polls, NCAA Tourney Preview, Sifters

In This Post…

  • We’ll take a look at the upcoming weekly D-I schedule|
  • See who’s ranked in the USCHO.com, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and the ‘Power 10’ national polls|
  • NCAA Tourney Preview|
  • Sifters… Little tidbits of news and info from around women’s college hockey|

D-I Weekly Schedule

Thursday March 10th, 2022

Minneapolis Regional – Harvard vs. Minnesota-Duluth 7pm EST. WATCH B1G+ (FREE)

Columbus Regional – Syracuse vs. Quinnipiac 6pm EST. WATCH – B1G+ (FREE)

Boston Regional – Clarkson vs. Wisconsin 7pm EST. Watch – SportsLive (FREE)

Friday March 11, 2022 – DAY OFF

Saturday March 12, 2022

Boston Regional Final – Clarkson/Wisco winner vs. #3 Northeastern 1pm EST. Watch – SportsLive (FREE)

Hamilton Regional Final – #5Yale vs. #4 Colgate 3pm EST. Watch – NCAA.com

Minneapolis Regional Final – Harvard/MN-Duluth winner vs #2 Minnesota 3pm EST. WATCH – B1G+ (FREE)

Columbus Regional Final – Syracuse/Quinnipiac winner vs. #1 Ohio State 5pm EST. WATCH – B1G+ (FREE)

Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from CHN – College Hockey News, USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

D-I Top 10 Polls

Evan’s last look at his Top 10 in D-I women’s college hockey came in Pipeline Post #65. You can find it HERE.

2022 NCAA Tourney Preview

The Bracket

Seedings

-5 teams are seeded, #1 Ohio State, #2 Minnesota, #3 Northeastern, #4 Colgate, and #5 Yale

-Seeds 1-5 get an automatic bye into the regional final. There are 4 regions: Columbus – Ohio State as the host, Minneapolis – Minnesota as the host, Boston – Northeastern as the host, and Hamilton, NY – Colgate as the hosts. Seeds 6-11 play a 1st round game with the winner moving on to the regional final.

-The top 5 teams, by virtue of their pairwise rankings after all post-season playoff championships were completed, received seeds 1-5. Using the pairwise rankings as the seeding method was determined by the 2022 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament Committee.

How They Got There

There are 4 automatic qualifiers for the 4 D-I conference playoff champions that award ‘Auto-bids’ and 7 ‘At-Large’ bids awarded that make up the 11-team NCAA Tournament field.

-#1 Ohio State, received the WCHA automatic qualifier by winning the WCHA playoff championship 3-2 in OT vs. Minnesota and ranked #1 in the pairwise.

-#2 Minnesota received an At-Large bid and ranked 2nd in the pairwise rankings.

-#3 Northeastern University, received the Hockey East automatic qualifier by winning the Hockey East Playoff championship vs. UCONN 3-1 and ranked #3 in the pairwise.

-#4 Colgate University, received the ECAC Automatic qualifier by winning the ECAC playoff championship over Yale 2-1 in overtime and ranked #4 in the pairwise.

-#5 Yale University, received an ‘At-Large’ bid and ranked 5th in the pairwise rankings. Yale lost to Colgate in the ECAC Championship game 2-1 in OT.

Syracuse University, received the College Hockey America Automatic qualifier by defeating Mercyhurst University in the CHA Championship 3-2 in overtime.

Quinnipiac University received an ‘At-Large’ bid and ranked 7th in the pairwise rankings. The Bobcats lost to Colgate 3-2 in the semifinals of the ECAC post-season tournament.

Wisconsin received an ‘At-Large’ bid and ranked 6th in the pairwise rankings. The Badgers lost to Ohio State in the semifinals of the WCHA post-season tournament.

Clarkson University received an ‘At-Large’ bid and ranked 10th in the pairwise rankings. The Green Knights lost to Quinnipiac in the first round of the ECAC post-season tournament.

Minnesota-Duluth received an ‘At-Large’ bid and is ranked 8th in the pairwise. The Bulldogs lost to Minnesota 5-1 in the WCHA post season tournament semifinals.

Harvard University received an ‘At-Large’ bid and is ranked 9th in the pairwise. The Crimson lost its first-round ECAC quarterfinal series to Princeton.

Sifters

Free Viewing… Nice to see first round NCAA games free to watch. Click the links above for info.

National Awards Season… This is the time of year when national players’ of the year, coach of the year, goaltender of the year, etc. get named. The 3 finalists for Goaltender of the Year in D-I have been announced–2 from the ECAC, St. Lawrence’s Lucy Morgan and Quinnipiac’s Corinne Schroeder. And from Hockey East, it was Northeastern’s Aerin Frankel. The winner will be announced March 17th.

USA Hockey Nationals Update… One of the last events for D-I college coaches to get some in-person evals in before the April-May quiet period takes place will be in Pittsburgh, PA as USA Hockey hosts its girls tier I national championships.

Tier I Schedule and Info can be found HERE. Tier II Schedule and Info can be found HERE. All games will be streamed live on HockeyTV.

Here is who we know to have made the field as of now… with still a few spots to doll out the next few weeks.

U14s – Qualified

Amherst Lady Knights

Cleveland Lady Barons

Detroit Little Caesars

FL Alliance

LA Lions

MN Green Giants

Philadelphia Jr Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Team North Dakota

4 more teams to qualify + 3 At Large Bids

Central District

Mass District

New England District

Rocky Mtn District

U16s – Qualified

Anaheim Lady Ducks

BK Selects Academy (Rochester Youth Hockey)

Detroit Belle Tire

East Coast Wizards

Gilmour Lancers

FL Alliance

MN Grey Sharks

Philadelphia Jr Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Team Colorado

Team North Dakota

2 more teams to qualify + 3 At Large Bids

Central District

New England District

U19’s – Qualified

Alaska All-stars

BK Selects Academy (Rochester Youth Hockey)

NAHA White – North American Hockey Academy

Detroit Little Caesars

Gilmour Lancers

FL Alliance

Philadelphia Jr Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins Elite

Shattuck St. Mary’s (Prep)

3 more teams to qualify + 4 At Large Bids

Central District

New England District

Rocky Mtn District

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

Recruiting Events/League Online Directory… Find all the recruiting events on WCH.org right HERE. Want to add your event? Click HERE to fill out our WCH.org event form.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #67 – 3/6/22 – Pairwise & NCAA Tourney Selection Show Info

In This Post…

  • NCAA Pairwise Update as of Saturday March 5th
  • NCAA Championship Tournament Selection Show Details

Pairwise Update

Here is the latest Pairwise rankings as detailed by USCHO. Rankings are updated as of Sunday March 6th at just after 3am this morning.

There was one more game to be played this afternoon in the WCHA Final-Faceoff as Ohio State beat Minnesota in a #2 vs. #1 match-up. Ohio State erased a 2-goal deficit in the 3rd period to force overtime. It only took OSU 23 seconds into OT while on a PP to end it and win the WCHA Championship and the WCHA’s auto-bid to the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State and Minnesota are #1 and #2 respectively in the Pairwise, so not much movement should happen below them. It’s now up to the NCAA D-I tournament committee to work on sorting out the bracket & regional site team placements.

How To Watch Selection Show

The NCAA D-I National Collegiate Tournament Selection Show will air tonight, Sunday March 6, at 9pm EST. For the first time ever, it will be broadcast on television live via the ESPN News channel. Check local cable listings for where you can find ESPN News.

If you have access to the ESPN App, you can subscribe to ESPN+ and watch the selection show from there.

More on how to watch the selection show can be found HERE.

Be sure to tune in!

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

Recruiting Events/League Online Directory… Find all the recruiting events on WCH.org right HERE. Want to add your event? Click HERE to fill out our WCH.org event form.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

Post #66 – 3/3/22 – Weekly Schedule, Polls, The Pairwise & NCAA Tourney, Conference Tourney Recap, Sifters

In This Post…

  • We’ll take a look at the upcoming weekly D-I schedule|
  • See who’s ranked in the USCHO.com, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and the ‘Power 10’ national polls|
  • The Pairwise & NCAA Tourney|
  • Sifters… Little tidbits of news and info from around women’s hockey|

D-I Weekly Schedule

We are going to try a new format for displaying the weekly schedule as well as games played with links to box scores. Formatting from USCHO.com is not kind to mobile users. So to help, we will be using the links CHN – College Hockey News.


It’s ‘Final-Four’ Weekend for NEWHA, ECAC, Hockey East, and WCHA… The CHA completed its post-season playoff championship last weekend with Syracuse beating Mercyhurst in the final 3-2 in OT. The NEWHA, ECAC, Hockey East, and WCHA are all down to its ‘Final-Four’ championship weekend. The NEWHA held quarterfinal games Tuesday. Hockey East played its Semifinal games last night. The NEWHA and ECAC championship weekends have semifinals Friday and championships Saturday. The WCHA final-four championship weekend is Saturday/Sunday. All schedules are below:

Make sure to scroll down

Tuesday, March 1

NEWHA Quarterfinals #6 St. Michael’s 1 @ #3 St. Anselm 2

NEWHA Quarterfinals #5 Post 2 @ #4 Sacred Heart 5

Wednesday, March 2

Hockey East Semifinal #3 UCONN 3 @ #2 Vermont 1, HIGHLIGHTS

Hockey East Semifinal #5 Maine 1 @ #1 Northeastern 3, HIGHLIGHTS are ⬇️

Friday, March 4

NEWHA Semifinal #4 Sacred Heart vs. #1 Franklin Pierce 3PM Hosted By Franklin Pierce, Watch/Stream

NEWHA Semifinal #3 St. Anselm vs. #2 Long Island Univ. 7PM Hosted by Franklin Pierce, Watch/Stream

ECAC Semifinal #8 Princeton vs. # 2 Yale 3PM, @ Yale Univ. Ingalls Rink, ESPN+ Stream

ECAC Semifinal #4 Quinnipiac vs. #3 Colgate, @ Yale Univ. Ingalls Rink, ESPN+ Stream

Saturday, March 5

NEWHA Championship TBD, 7PM Hosted By Franklin Pierce, Watch/Stream

ECAC Championship TBD, 3PM EST, @ Yale Univ. Ingalls Rink, ESPN+ Stream in USA, Outside USA

Hockey East Championship TBD, 7PM, @ TBD Campus site of highest remaining seed, TV-NESN+

WCHA Semifinal #4 MN-Duluth vs. #1 Minnesota, 1:07PM CST, @ Univ. of MN Ridder Arena, TV/Stream INFO

WCHA Semifinal #3 Wisconsin vs. #2 Ohio State, 4:07PM CST, @ Univ. of MN Ridder Arena, TV/Stream INFO

Sunday, March 6

WCHA Championship TBD, 1Pm CST, @ Univ. of MN Ridder Arena, TV/Stream INFO

NCAA Tournament Selection Show, 9PM EST, TV-ESPN NEWS Channel, Stream Info Coming Soon


Game results, box scores, and statistics come directly from CHN – College Hockey News, USCHO.com or the NCAA’s official stats site HERE.

Video highlight links are to individual program produced media, some of which may be found on team twitter or other social media accounts – so scroll the feed to see the game highlights.

Postgame links are any postgame video produced by individual programs and found on either team websites or social media accounts.

Don’t See a link… for video highlights or postgame? Assume there was none available at the time of our post.

D-I Top 10 Polls

Evan’s last look at his Top 10 in D-I women’s college hockey came in last week’s Pipeline Post #65. You can find it HERE.

The Pairwise & NCAA Tourney

The Pairwise

In a Jan. 8th post of the Pipeline we introduced what is known as the Pairwise rankings. ‘The PWR’ or ‘The Pairwise’ as it’s known in NCAA hockey circles, is a way to rank teams that play an unbalanced schedule based on a specific mathematical formula. We use the USCHO.com iteration of the Pairwise rankings which can be found online HERE.

Why are the Pairwise Rankings important? It is what the NCAA D-I Women’s Ice Hockey Committee will use will determine the 11-team field for the NCAA Tournament. And this year, the committee is strictly going by the math and not subjectivity. The Committee will conviene Sunday March 6th and crunch the numbers to announce the 11-teams going to the NCAA Tournament.

Contrary to what many may think, the USCHO.com top 10 poll that comes out each week or any other media poll that exists, has no bearing on who makes the NCAA tournament. Those polls are for media purposes only and not used by the D-I NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Committee.

Making The NCAA Tournament, Auto & At-Large Bids

There are two ways to make the NCAA Tournament’s 11-team field. Receive your conference’s automatic bid by winning the conference post-season playoff championship – or – have a high enough Pairwise Ranking to fall within the top 11 teams and receive an ‘At-Large’ bid.

There are 5 D-I conferences. 4 of the 11 bids come from conference post season playoff tournament championship Auto Bids. The other 7 are ‘At-Large Bids. The NEWHA does not have an automatic bid until the 22-23 season by virtue of an NCAA rule which stipulates conferences must compete with 6 teams for two full seasons before getting an automatic bid. The NCAA determined the 20-21 COVID season did not count as a full season for the NEWHA while only 2 NEWHA teams played games.

The CHA, which was a 6 team conference until it lost member Robert Morris University when the school shut-down the program in May of 2021, is allowed to retain its auto bid for a period of two years. The CHA would lose its auto bid if it were unable to get a 6th team beginning with the 23-24 season.

After the 11-team tournament field has been selected, then the fun begins in putting together 4 regional sites. To learn more about how the selection process works and how regional sites will be determined – click here for the 2022 NCAA Pre-Championship Manual.

Below is the USCHO.com Pairwise rankings as of Wednesday March 2, 2022.

Sifters…

#8 Outlasts #1 In ECAC… For the first time in the 20-year history of the ECAC Playoff Championship Tournament, the #8 seed Princeton Tigers knocked off the #1 seed Harvard Crimson. The Tigers won game one 3-2, lost game two 2-1 in overtime, but won the third and deciding game, 3-2. #8 Princeton will play #2 Yale in the first ECAC Semifinal set for 3Pm Friday. #2 seed Yale also went the distance in its first-round quarterfinal series with #7 seed St. Lawrence.

Top 10 Patty Kaz Announced… The 10 Patty Kaz finalists were announced today by USA Hockey.

The WCHA leads the way with 6 finalists while Hockey East landed 4. No one from the ECAC, CHA, or NEWHA made the cut. Northeastern leads the way with 3 players themselves,Minnesota and Wisconsin with 2 each. Ohio St., MN-Duluth, and Vermont each have 1. Northeastern’s Aerin Frankel, last year’s Patty Kaz winner, is a finalist this year.

The Patty will be awarded on the NHL Network March 27 in a special on-air television presentation. The top-3 finalists will be announced March 17th during the Women’s Frozen Four National Championship.

Possible NCAA Recruiting Rule Changes… As the NCAA often does each year, proposals for various rule changes in a variety of areas like recruiting, financial aid, eligibility etc., are announced and then voted on in April to become legislated. The following rule proposals were just announced and will be voted on in April.

  • Amend the trigger for student-athlete status to align with the approach authorized by waivers the past two academic years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • An individual would remain a prospective student-athlete until the individual signs a National Letter of Intent or the school’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or the school receives the individual’s financial deposit in response to its offer of admission and completes all high school graduation requirements or all transfer academic eligibility requirements.
  • An individual would revert to prospective student-athlete status if the individual does not attend classes at the beginning of the first full-time regular academic term after the individual completes all high school graduation requirements or all transfer academic eligibility requirements.
  • Specify a school shall not provide more than two consecutive nights of lodging to a prospective student-athlete in conjunction with an official visit.
  • Eliminate the limitation on the number of official visits a prospective student-athlete may take.
  • Specify that in sports other than basketball, contact may not be made with a prospective student-athlete during the time of day when classes are in session at their school.

WCH Spring Recruiting Event List… Coming shortly will be our WCH Spring/Summer Recruiting Event List. We’ll keep track of all showcases, camps/clinics, and recruiting events from March until the end of August across North America & beyond we’re aware of. We’ll post a link with event names, dates, and locations along with links to info if provided. For any coaches who want their event listed, please fill out our online form and we’ll be sure to list it. You can find it HERE.

Changes to Camps & Clinics for D-I Schools… In an effort to curb early recruiting tactics by college coaches in sports other than women’s basketball, the NCAA has legislated new ‘Institutional’ camp/clinic rules which took effect in January of 2022. ‘Institutional Camps/Clinics’ are now only allowed to be conducted during the months of June, July, August and December to Feb. 1. Institutional camps/clinics are not allowed outside of that time period.

Institutional camps and clinics are defined as those 1) owned/operated by a D-I coach or the institution institution itself and 2) where participants are classified as prospective student-athletes and have entered grade 9.

This new legislation does not impact Institutional Camps/Clinics where the participants are in grade 8 & below or the ability of college coaches to work for privately owned camps/clinics.

What’s Next For Women’s Hockey… It seems like the sport has this conversation after every Olympics. One would think with over 6 million viewers world-wide for the Gold Medal game, there is a way to harness a sustainable viewing audience for our sports best during the regular hockey season. Word came this week of something in the works. Yahoo Sports’ Justin Cuthbert & Co. bat around whats needed for a viable pro league:

Until Next Time…


21-22 Streaming Info

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live and for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.


NCAA Coaching Changes… Keep up with all the coaching changes across D-I and D-III HERE.

Give Someone a Stick Tap… Know someone in women’s college hockey who’s work needs some recognition? Nominate them for WCH.org’s monthly ‘Stick Tap’ HERE or Email us at: womenscollegehockey@gmail.com

Recruiting Events/League Online Directory… Find all the recruiting events on WCH.org right HERE. Want to add your event? Click HERE to fill out our WCH.org event form.


Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College Hockey.org and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

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