NY Riveters @Aviator Arena

Hockey NightLast night the family headed to Aviator Arena in Brooklyn to watch the NY Riveters vs CT Whale hockey game. Our children’s own hockey game schedules are so busy that we don’t usually have time to catch the Sunday night game, but the holiday’s gave us a reprieve from the regular rigor of practice and game. It proved to be the perfect transition from the slower paced holiday-break lifestyle back into our regular pace of life.


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NWHL “Skates & Plates” Fundraiser

Friends and Hockey Families,  

Hopefully you know the NWHL, the National Women’s Hockey League – the first-ever all women’s professional paid hockey league – is launching its inaugural season. The league will host the best of the best in women’s hockey from around the world; the impact from this league is bigger than we could ever imagine…  

The NWHL is having a fundraising dinner called Skates and Plates on Thursday, October 8th.   Join passionate supporters of women’s hockey for an evening filled with players, special guest speakers, and silent auction items.

Please visit this link – nwhl.co/skates-plates – to learn more and hopefully attend the dinner or support the cause. 


NWHL Inaugural Draft

NWHL Inaugural Draft

  Exciting news…the NWHL – National Women’s Hockey League – had their first draft yesterday. That means we’re 1 step closer to dropping the puck on the inaugural season this fall!  

The draft culled an amazing group of women from top level colleges. This first season of professional women’s hockey promises to be an exciting one. 

The NYC team, the NY Riveters, will be playing out of Long Island beginning in October. Details to be announced.


Draft Complete

2015 NWHL Draft

  1. Alex Carpenter, F, Boston College (RIVETERS)
  2. Hannah Brandt, F, Minnesota (WHALE)
  3. Kendall Coyne, F, Northeastern (PRIDE)
  4. Courtney Burke, D, Wisconsin (BEAUTS)
  5. Haley Skarupa, F, Boston College (RIVETERS)
  6. Michelle Picard, D, Harvard College (WHALE)
  7. Emerance Maschmeyer, G, Harvard College (PRIDE)
  8. Sarah Lefort, F, Boston University (BEAUTS)
  9. Erin Ambrose, D, Clarkson University (RIVETERS)
  10. Milica McMillen, D, Minnesota (WHALE)
  11. Lexi Bender, D, Boston College (PRIDE)
  12. Amanda Leveille, G, Minnesota (BEAUTS)
  13. Dana Trivigno, F, Boston College (RIVETERS)
  14. Maryanne Menefee, F, Minnesota (WHALE)
  15. Miye D’Oench, F, Harvard College (PRIDE)
  16. Emily Janiga, F, Mercyhurst (BEAUTS)
  17. Kimberly Newell, G, Princeton (RIVETERS)
  18. Cassandra Poudrier, D, Cornell (WHALE)
  19. Shannon MacAuley, F, Clarkson University (PRIDE)
  20. Jenna Dingeldein, F, Mercyhurst (BEAUTS)

You can learn more at http://nwhl.co 

NWHL – New Women’s Pro Hockey League

Last Monday I had the honor of being present at the launch of the NWHL – the National Women’s Hockey League. The league will give women the opportunity to play competitive hockey and be paid for it.
NWHL Launch with Olympic medalists Dani Rylan, Angela Ruggiero, Hilary Knight, Erika Lawpaid for it.  The first-ever all women’s professional paid hockey league.
At the launch event at Chelsea Piers, attendees were welcomed
by the site of a U8 and U10 girls scrimmage – the next generation of NWHLers, inspired and excited for a chance to play professional hockey!
Former Northeastern University hockey player and Commissioner of the NWHL, Dani Rylan set out to create the first paid professional women’s hockey league in North America. The league will operate on income from sponsors as well as the NWHL Foundation, a charitable arm that will spread awareness about women’s hockey through grassroots efforts.
Dani Rylan
Commissioner Dani Rylan

“We’re thrilled to be launching the first-ever paid professional women’s hockey league and creating a platform for these talented women,” says Rylan. “We look forward to helping grow the sport for the best players in the world, and giving these women a place to shine.”

Ice hockey is one of the fastest growing women’s sports in the world, with the number of participants increasing 350 percent in the last 10 years. While there are not as many organized leagues (or as much sponsorship) for women as there are for men, there exist leagues of all levels including the Western Women’s Hockey League, Atlantic Women’s Hockey League and various European leagues; as well as university teams, national and Olympic teams, and recreational teams.

The NWHL will start with four teams and plans to expand the league with additional teams and locations across North America. The founding four teams are the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The inaugural NWHL season will take place from October to March, including preseason, an All-Star weekend and playoffs. The puck is set to drop for the regular season on October 17, 2015 and playoffs will conclude the season in March 2015.

You can follow the NWHL on…
Twitter @NWHL_
Instagram @NWHL.co
Facebook NWHL

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NYC Women’s Hockey Team Heads to National Hockey Championship

NYC Women’s Hockey Team Heads to National Hockey Championship

Boasting a recent win at the Empire State Games, the Central Park Senior Lady Hawks women’s team is now preparing for the USA National Hockey Championships in Green Bay, WI March 26-30, 2015.


The Senior Lady Hawks are a team of college-educated woman new to the working environment of New York City. They have played college hockey at D1 and D3 schools, many of them Ivy. With no league for them to play in after graduation, these hockey players created an all female, competitive environment at Lasker Rink in Central Park, in which over 40 skilled players play organized hockey together.
In February, a select team was chosen to play in the Empire State Games. The Senior Lady Hawks were undefeated, winning 6 straight games and beating all start teams from Western, Central, Hudson Valley and Adirondack, and bringing home the gold medal.
Ice hockey is one of the fastest growing women’s sports in the world, with the number of participants increasing 350 percent in the last 10 years. While there are not as many organized leagues (or as much sponsorship) for women as there are for men, there exist leagues of all levels including the National Women’s Hockey League, Western Women’s Hockey League, Atlantic Women’s Hockey League and various European leagues; as well as university teams, national and Olympic teams, and recreational teams.
The Lady Hawks women’s hockey team has no corporate sponsor and anytime the players travel for their games, they have to pay their way there and back, hotels food and incidentals. The coaches are volunteers and have to do the same.  Many of these young players are just making their way in the work world and trips like this get expensive especially flights. Donations to underwrite their bid at the Nationals are being accepted at supportladyhawks.athleteson.ly.
The Senior Lady Hawks are supported by Central Park Ice Hockey at Lasker Rink in Central Park. Ice is donated,
coaches are volunteers and all expenses are solely up to the players. The Senior Lady Hawks are an off-shoot of the girls Lady Hawks – a program consists of U8, U10, U12 and U14 that are currently NYC’s only all-girl hockey teams.
The senior team heading to the Nationals was created from the Thursday Night Skate where over 40 high level, passionate player’s revel in an all-female environment. As the senior team thrives, the young women volunteer their time to mentor the girls Lady Hawks program, being positive role models for the next generation of female hockey players and potentially growing the Thursday Night Skate program into a more permanent league.