NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On a day the NWHL needed to maintain the give attention to its All-Star celebrations and a report crowd for knowledgeable ladies’s hockey recreation in the USA, Lee Stecklein couldn’t help but look past to what the longer term may maintain.
It was a vision of 1 mixed league, versus the current reality of splitting the most effective ladies on the earth between two competing North American leagues: The U.S.-based mostly Nationwide Ladies’s Hockey League and the Canadian Ladies’s Hockey League.
“We have now a lot talent, I feel it’d be actually enjoyable if we acquired to play one another all the time,” Stecklein stated.
The NWHL All-Star recreation Sunday featured 11 ladies who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics, including Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados who captained the profitable staff. However Marie-Philip Poulin and Hilary Knight, who left the NWHL, are among the many stars at present enjoying with the CWHL.
Stecklein and different members of the U.S. workforce will see Canada’s greatest starting Tuesday in a 3-recreation “Rivalry Collection” beginning in Canada, and ending in every week in Detroit.
Enjoying one another extra typically can be rather more fun, and certain extra profitable. A combined league also is predicted to be more engaging to the NHL with Commissioner Gary Bettman making clear the league’s interest.
“It’s someplace we hope it goes someday, but who knows?” stated Stecklein, who lately signed her personal endorsement cope with Bauer. “So long as we continue to develop, giving extra ladies the opportunity to play after school as a result of we need to maintain getting better and better. We don’t need to have your careers end at 24, so even having this chance is great but undoubtedly need a next degree.”
Dani Rylan based the NWHL in 2015 after splitting off from the CWHL, which is in its 12th season, and has six teams with 4 in Canada, one within the U.S. and another in China. Rylan informed The Related Press final October that one league was inevitable, but questions on a merger weren’t allowed through the NWHL All-Star weekend.
Then Stecklein was requested how she want to see the sport develop.
“We know we’re position models to numerous young women,” Stecklein stated.
The NWHL had 6,one hundred twenty followers for the sport at Bridgestone Area, the house of the NHL’s Predators. The sport followed Nashville’s 5-4 additional time loss to St. Louis with followers allowed to stay around for the women, and the end result was a report crowd that was good.
Goalie Katie Burt stopped Gigi Marvin in the shootout for a three-2 win for Staff Szabados over Staff Stecklein.
Szabados thanked the fans who stayed to the top.
“You made this a special occasion for us,” Szabados stated.
The NWHL ladies did their greatest to make an impression.
Kendall Coyne Schofield skated a lap of thirteen.9 seconds that was even quicker than her 14.3-second time Jan. 26 as a part of the NHL All-Star Recreation’s expertise competitors, and the All-Star from the Minnesota Whitecaps was the primary to level out the NWHL course was slightly totally different.
“To see the…