Hockey fans are still raving about the excitement of the 2018 Winter Olympics gold medal women’s hockey game between the U.S. and Canada. This dramatic, high stakes game has opened many fans’ eyes to the potential of women’s hockey, and they’re eager for more games like this one.
Thankfully, there are many opportunities to watch great women’s hockey. Read on to learn about some of the most exciting events to tide fans over until the next Winter Olympics.
There’s only one professional women’s hockey league in the U.S., and that’s the National Women’s Hockey League. It’s home to four teams from across the Northeast, and while that may not seem like a lot, these players are the creme-de-la-creme of women’s hockey in the U.S.
Since 2015, the NWHL’s teams have vied for their most coveted trophy: the Isobel Cup, named after the daughter of Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby (and donor of the Stanley Cup). Discover which team will carry this title by tuning in to watch the league’s games in late autumn and early winter of this year. Games typically stream online and have reached a more impressive set of streaming services as the league has gained much-deserved attention.
Since the 1990s, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has held the premier international championship for women’s ice hockey: the IIHF World Women’s Championship. With three divisions and a plethora of high-level female athletes from a variety of nations, there’s always something exciting to see. Old rivals Canada and the U.S. are currently tied for championship wins, but northerly nations like Finland, Russia, and Sweden always make strong showings as well.
Excited for the IIHF World Women’s Championship this year? These elite athletes compete on at least a low level every year, but they don’t hold major tournaments during Winter Olympics years. However, that’s plenty of time for new fans to familiarize themselves with these teams and games, in anticipation of the highly competitive 2019 season.
National Collegiate women’s ice hockey is probably the competition level American fans are most familiar with, and it doesn’t disappoint. 35 schools across the U.S. are ranked as Division I members and send their teams to compete in over 30 games over the course of the season.
The season culminates in the “Women’s Frozen Four”, and schools like Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, and Wisconsin are all major contenders. The tournament takes place early in the year and is broadcast over Big Ten Network, so tune back in in early 2019 to watch some of the country’s most impressive young female athletes go head-to-head on the ice.
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