Monday, 21 October 2013

My Day with the Clarkson Cup

One of the great traditions of winning the Stanley Cup is the opportunity to have it in your possession for one day. With the Clarkson Cup being considered the Stanley Cup of women’s hockey, it is only appropriate to see history repeating itself.

Although the Clarkson Cup has not yet been through the abuse that Lord Stanley’s Mug has endured (dropkicked in the Rideau Canal, submerged at the bottom of Mario Lemieux’s pool), it did have its own unique experience.

Led by Gigi Marvin and Caitlin Cahow, a proud group of Bladies brought the Cup to Boston’s Fleet Center, where it had the opportunity for a photo op with Bobby Orr’s statue. Hanging from Orr’s left thumb, this fantastic foursome simulated the legendary leap that Orr made after scoring the Cup-winning goal in 1970.

Other aspects of the journey through Beantown included the finish line at Boston Marathon along with a visit of Cahow’s alma mater Harvard University. Of note, the Clarkson Cup was also part of draft day celebrations.

Perhaps providing the Blades draft picks with motivation to help the black and gold repeat as champions, the Cup was part of the franchise’s draft day event. Raised in the Boston area, Casey Pickett had the opportunity to hold Lady Clarkson’s coveted mug. Having played in an outdoor NCAA hockey game at Fenway Park with the Northeastern Huskies, Pickett is hoping to make a name for herself in the CWHL.

While Clarkson Cup lore only begins to grow, it is exciting to see the players who worked so hard to earn it get the opportunity to spend a day with it. As one of the most prized trophies in women’s hockey, one can only hope that the eventual champions in 2014 will have as much fun with it. 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Two notable names from the Bikini Hockey League find new life in sports radio

Although the Bikini Hockey League has augmented discussion and debate among hockey fans, the one fact that cannot be disputed is that Erin Honto and Heather Josie Moore are remarkable radio personalities. As the hosts of In the Crease Radio, their insightful knowledge of the game and appreciation for roller hockey and minor league play can brighten anyone listening to their Tuesday night programming.

Guests have included individuals from every corner of the game. Eric Kleineck, Co-Founder and CEO of Sauce Hockey, Doug Jones, commissioner of Major League Roller Hockey and former NHL goaltender and Behind the Mast president Randy Exelby are a very diverse group with a unique handle on the game. In addition, Sean Whyte of the Western Profesional Hockey League provided a real world aspect of what life can be like for a minor leaguer.

Raised in Detroit, Honto is a lingerie model who now resides in New York. She continues to remain active in the sport competing in both inline and ice hockey with both sexes. With the BHL planning a 2013 New Year’s Day game in Fraser, Michigan, Honto received a lot of publicity as she was promoted as the hometown hero for the event. A five-time state champion in Michigan, Honto was also a member of the US Junior Olympic team. 

Moore is a beautician from Scottsdale, Arizona who was inspired to get involved with the game due to her son competing. Considered “America’s Hockey Mom”, some fans may be inclined to call her “America’s Hottest Hockey Mom.” A former Phoenix Coyotes ice girl, Moore also has a heart of gold, working with the charity Tanners Kids, introducing hockey to underprivileged children with free equipment rentals and trainers at no cost.

There is no question that there are a remarkable number of women who could prove to be fun guests for their program. Tessa Bonhomme, a member of the Canadian national women’s team and broadcaster on Leafs TV is known for her humor and likeability. With her tremendous insight on the game and her status as one of the most attractive players, there would be no shortage of conversation with Bonhomme.  

While Honto is considered the Bad Ass of the BHL, Fannie Desforges and Dangerous Dominique Thibault would likely have terrific banter with her. Although both are part of the Montreal Stars training camp for 2013, both are also Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champions. With the intensity and physical aspect of the event, the dynamic duo of Desforges and Thibault likely have some remarkable war stories to share on the experience.

Of note, Winny Brodt-Brown would also make for a unique guest. The first-ever winner of the Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award, she has not only competed in the NCAA and with the US National Team, but was the first American-born captain to win the Clarkson Cup. As one of the most influential women in the recent history of women’s hockey in the United States, it would be most interesting to listen to her insights on the game today.

For those who thought that the Bikini Hockey League and its athletes were just eye candy, Honto and Moore prove that there is more than meets than the eye. Many of the competitors in the BHL can boast NCAA careers, university education and a strong athletic background. Combing beauty with brains, Honto and Moore provide an element of entertainment and fun that is missing from other hockey broadcasts which take the game too seriously. These remarkable women bring knowledge with an air of fun that still encompasses a respect for the game, making for radio worth listening to. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Top NCAA women’s hockey prospects of 2013

As the NCAA 2013-14 season is underway, a new crop of freshmen promise exciting times to come. Here is a look at the top prospects which should maintain their strong momentum from junior and high school play while keeping their programs competitive for years to come. 

1: Dana Cameranesi, Minnesota Golden Gophers
2: Kayla Gardner, North Dakota
3: Hanna Bunton, Cornell Big Red
4: Taylor Accursi, Mercyhurst Lakers
5: Sidney McKibbon, Wisconsin Badgers
6: Kristyn Capizzano, Boston College
7: Emma Korbs, Dartmouth Big Green
8: Jessica Dodds, Robert Morris Colonials
9: Alex Moore, St. Lawrence Skating Saints
10: Lisa Marvin, North Dakota

Hon. Mention: Kelsey Cline, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Hon. Mention: Paige Haley, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Hon. Mention: Sidney Morin, Minnesota-Duluth
Hon. Mention: Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Minnesota-Duluth
Hon. Mention: Taylor Thurston, RIT Tigers