What should the CWHL change their name to?

September 30, 2014

Sportsnet National Broadcaster for the CWHL

In a tremendous development the CWHL now has a committed broadcasting partner. The potential for the CWHL on Sportsnet this spring is amazing. Three Clarkson Cup games including the final game will be aired on Sportsnet. As well as one special event throughout the season.

Click the link below to read the full press release.

Canadian Women's Hockey League | NEWS RELEASE | Pointstreak Sites

September 22, 2014

CWHL Name Change Coming?

Logo for the now defunct
National Women's Hockey League

Recently rumors have started to surface surrounding a new name as a possibility for the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). This new name would reflect the reach the league now has outside of Canada with the Boston Blades and potentially future expansion to Minnesota. 

CWHL Database Updated: New Stats!

Based on Rob Vollman's Passes statistic from Hockey Prospectus the CWHL Database has been updated with a couple new stats. As well a couple functionality upgrades have been made. They include:

September 21, 2014

Potential Transactions for CWHL Teams in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal

Montreal Stars celebrating a championship.
Here is an update on some rumors received from a source about player movement in the CWHL. A newly drafted Toronto Furies forward may be headed back to school. A former Olympic Gold Medalist may be headed to the Calgary Inferno. Lastly a star defender for the Montreal Stars may not return for the 2014-15 CWHL season. 

September 18, 2014

The Mystery that is Penguins Head Coach Mike Johnston

The mystery that is new Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Mike Johnston is about to be revealed. While he has spent much of the summer getting to know the city of Pittsburgh and the players he will be coaching, he has been avoiding revealing too much about the systems he will employ this season.

The first priority for Mike Johnston in training camp is to begin the process of educating the Pittsburgh Penguins players as to how they are expected to play. While a great deal is known about Mike Johnston’s offensive philosophy based on his Coach’s Corner blog when he was with the Portland Winterhawks. Very little appears known about his defensive system other than his belief that a good offense starts deep in the defensive zone.

September 16, 2014

Longtime Calgary Inferno Chelsea Purcell Not at Training Camp

On of the original members of the Calgary Inferno/Team Alberta, and their first captain, in the CWHL was Chelsea Purcell. Unfortunately it appears that the Calgary Inferno will need to pursue the Clarkson Cup this year without her in their lineup. She will be a big loss to the CWHL as a whole.

September 15, 2014

Calgary Inferno Now a True Clarkson Cup Contender

Calgary Inferno training camp is underway

The Calgary Inferno of the CWHL official opened their training camp and tryouts this past week. This is an exciting season for fans of the Calgary Inferno. This will be their third season competing in the CWHL and they are coming off their first appearance in the Clarkson Cup Tournament last March. 

After combining for just eight wins in 39 games over their first two seasons in the CWHL, last year they made tremendous strides racking up 12 victories in 24 games. Three key areas of improvement last season were in their goals for and shots for percentages as the following numbers show. 

September 12, 2014

A must read for our followers: Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract 2014

Rob Vollman's second edition of the Hockey Abstract book for 2014.
The original inspiration and statistics that were brought into the world of Women's Hockey by Mike's Mumbles were largely based on the work of Hockey Statistics guru Rob Vollman. Between Value Over Replacement Player and Quality Starts, both were pioneered at Hockey Abstract.

The reasoning as to why statistical analysis can further promote enjoyment of the sport is best summed up by Rob Vollman.

September 11, 2014

The Best Women's Hockey Blogs

The best blogs are well documented on the men's side of the game of hockey. However it can be more difficult to find quality coverage of the women's game. At late a number of quality blogs have been created, some more recently than others.

Here is a listing, from oldest to newest, of the best Women's Hockey coverage that you will find online. If there is any blog or blogger that I have missed please comment below.