Rylan defiant in face of detractors as NWHL opens 5th season
National Women's Hockey League founder and commissioner Dani Rylan has a blunt message for her detractors in preparing to open her fifth season.
Game on: Women’s hockey union takes 1st tangible step
TORONTO (AP) — The reality of what the new women's pro hockey union was launching didn't resonate with Brianne Jenner until she came out of the locker room and saw the crowd — many of them young...
Top women’s hockey players announce series of tournaments
Growing up, Kendall Coyne Schofield recalled how her dreams of playing hockey ended at college, or maybe the Winter Games — something the two-time U.S. Olympian forward eventually would...
Yale upgrading hockey rink, will no longer use glass boards
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University is upgrading its hockey rink.
The school is replacing the boards and glass around the ice at Ingalls Rink with a new system that uses shatterproof...
NWHL reaches agreement to resume use of Beauts’ trademarks
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The National Women's Hockey League has reached an "amicable agreement" to resume using the Buffalo Beauts' logos and trademarked materials in resolving its lawsuit with the...
Judge rejects suit to reinstate North Dakota women’s hockey
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a discrimination lawsuit by 11 former University of North Dakota women's hockey players seeking to reinstate a program that at one time included U.S....
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have hired Rob Scuderi, Sebastien Bordeleau and Dave Rook as development coaches to help polish their prospects for the NHL.
Pegula relinquishes control of NWHL Buffalo team
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kim Pegula's desire to grow women's professional hockey will no longer involve a relationship with North America's remaining professional league.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the ownership and control of the NWHL's Buffalo Beauts women's hockey team (all times local):
Women’s players hope NHL steps in to create new league
Meghan Duggan need only look around sports to get excited about what an NHL-run women's hockey league might look like.
The NBA did it with the WNBA. Soccer leagues in Europe and the U.S....
Female players to sit out in bid for viable hockey league
Hilary Knight would rather risk missing a year of playing meaningful hockey than settle for the status quo.
The star American forward is among more than 200 of the world's top female players...
Reaction to women’s hockey decision to boycott
More than 200 female hockey players announced Thursday they will not play professionally in North America next season, hoping their stand leads to a single economically sustainable league. The...
The Latest: NWHL plans for season despite player boycott
The Latest on women's hockey players announcing boycott in demand for one league (all times Eastern):
The National Women's Hockey League is moving ahead with plans to open its...
Players demand say in women’s hockey future after CWHL folds
Hilary Knight put aside the jet lag and fresh memories of helping the United States win its latest world hockey championship to begin looking ahead to next season.
US-based NWHL OKs plan to expand to Canada after CWHL folds
The National Women's Hockey League is moving swiftly to expand to Toronto and Montreal following the demise of its Canadian-based rival.
NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan told The Associated...
Canadian Women’s Hockey League going out of business
The Canadian Women's Hockey League's abrupt decision to cease operations leaves North America with one pro league, and opens questions regarding the future of the women's sport on both sides of...
NHL Network hires Coyne Schofield as studio analyst
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL Network has hired women's hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield as a studio analyst.
Coyne Schofield will make her debut March 4. The network announced the hire...
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Ex-college hockey coach’s court-ordered award now $4.2M
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A discrimination and retaliation award is growing for a former women's hockey coach who sued the University of Minnesota Duluth.
A federal judge granted a motion Wednesday to award Shannon Miller an additional $460,000 in pay and future benefits. That brings the total award to the former coach to about $4.2 million.
NWHL All-Star captain’s hope for future? Combined league
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On a day the NWHL wanted to keep the focus on its All-Star celebrations and a record crowd for a professional women's hockey game in the United States, Lee Stecklein couldn't help but look beyond to what the future might hold.
It was a vision of one combined league, as opposed to the current reality of splitting the best women in the world between two competing North American leagues: The U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League and the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
Coyne Schofield defends McGuire after awkward interaction
Women's hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield said Thursday she doesn't believe NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire questioned her knowledge of the sport during an awkward pre-game interaction this week.
Women’s star Coyne Schofield shines at NHL All-Star weekend
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Connor McDavid won the fastest skater competition once again but Kendall Coyne Schofield won over the crowd.
The U.S. women's hockey star became the first woman ever to compete in the NHL All-Star skills competition on Friday night, racing around the rink in a time competitive with the top skaters in the men's game in a barrier-breaking moment for women's hockey.
Former Canadiens executive is new president of MLS Impact
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo is turning over the job of president of the MLS club to Kevin Gilmore.
Gilmore has worked as an executive with the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings and the Walt Disney Company.
Most recently, the Quebecer was a consultant in the sports, media and entertainment industries across North America. He also was on the administrative council of the Canadian Women's Hockey League and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
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Coyotes hire Olympian Lyndsey Fry for adviser’s role
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have hired former Olympian Lyndsey Fry as a special adviser to team President and CEO Ahron Cohen.
The 26-year-old Fry, who grew up in Chandler, Arizona, will also be a brand ambassador for the NHL club.
Fry helped the U.S. women's hockey team win a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She also was part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2013 world championships.
Canadian goalie Szabados takes move to NWHL in stride
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) — Two-time Olympic medalist Shannon Szabados is used to facing shots in men's leagues this time of year. Now, the veteran goaltender is perfectly happy competing in the Four Nations Cup and for Buffalo in the women's pro league.
"I loved my time playing men's hockey," Szabados said. "I don't know at 32 that a 65-game schedule is what my body needs."
APNewsBreak: Commish: 1 women’s hockey league ‘inevitable’
Players want a single North American women's professional hockey league. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman does, too. And now National Women's Hockey League founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan is on record saying she is working toward that objective.
"One league is inevitable," Rylan wrote in an email to The Associated Press, her strongest statement regarding a potential merger with the rival Canadian Women's Hockey League.
North Dakota men’s hockey team ranked 11th in preseason poll
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota is ranked No. 11 in the preseason USCHO.com men's poll.
The Fighting Hawks return 19 letterwinners from last year's team, which finished 17-13-10 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 16 years.
Defending national champion Minnesota Duluth tops the preseason poll, followed by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and Providence.
UConn’s moving forward with plan for smaller on-campus rink
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is moving forward with revised plans to build a new hockey rink on campus.
The school's trustees approved the initial steps Wednesday that would have the school renovate locker rooms, offices and other public space inside the current Freitas Ice Forum to meet standards agreed to in 2013 when it joined the Hockey East conference.
Canadian women’s hockey star joins Maple Leafs’ front office
TORONTO (AP) — Hayley Wickenheiser, one of the top players in women's hockey history, joined the Toronto Maple Leafs' front office on Thursday.
The longtime star of Canada's national team is the NHL club's new assistant director of player development.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The interim commissioner of the Canadian Women's Hockey League says finding a way to unite the CWHL and the U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League into one premier North American women's hockey league is a priority for her.
Rise of women’s hockey gives Szabados chance to keep playing
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Having already blazed a trail in men's professional hockey, three-time Canadian Olympic team goalie Shannon Szabados will continue her career by finally giving the women's pro game a try.
Putting aside thoughts of retiring, Szabados cited opportunity and proximity as reasons she signed with the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time Canadian National Olympic team goaltender Shannon Szabados has agreed to sign with the U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League Buffalo Beauts.
Szabados won a silver medal and was the Olympic tournament's top goalie after allowing four goals in three games at the Winter Olympics in February. She has an 8-1 record in the winter games, and also won gold medals in 2010 and '14.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The hockey coach at Vermont's Norwich University is retiring after 23 years leading the men's ice hockey program.
The retirement of Mike McShane was announced Friday by officials at the Kreitzberg Arena at the Northfield school.
During McShane's years at Norwich, he led the Cadets to four NCAA Division III National Championships, the most recent in 2017.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota has signed head men's hockey coach Brad Berry to a new five-year contract.
The deal will pay Berry a $400,000-per year base salary, with incentives. He made about $297,000 this past season and was set to make about $306,000 next year.
Berry began his head-coaching career at UND during the 2015-16 season by leading the school to its eighth NCAA championship. His teams have amassed a 72-35-17 record, giving him a 65 percent winning percentage.
Twins Christian, Cole Krygier granted releases from letters of intent with Wisconsin Badgers
Two defensemen who were expected to join the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team in the fall have had a change of plans.
Badgers coach Tony Granato confirmed Wednesday night that Michigan twins Christian and Cole Krygier asked for releases from the National Letter of Intent each signed last November.
The releases were granted, and Granato said he wished the Krygiers well.
Their father, Todd, said the decision to change course had playing time and academic components.
Athletic Board approves contract extension for Greg Gard, other Wisconsin Badgers coaches
Four head coaches of University of Wisconsin winter sports had contract extensions approved Friday by the UW Athletic Board.
Greg Gard (men's basketball), Jonathan Tsipis (women's basketball), Tony Granato (men's hockey) and Mark Johnson (women's hockey) had the expiration dates of their five-year contracts moved back to the end of the 2022-23 season.
Three of the coaches had losing seasons with the Badgers in 2017-18.
Germantown goalie Noah Grannan commits to Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team
The goaltending future for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team has a little more clarity.
According to the Milwaukee Junior Admirals, Germantown's Noah Grannan gave Badgers coaches a nonbinding oral commitment to join the team, likely in 2020.
That's when UW is scheduled to lose Jack Berry, who has spent parts of his first two collegiate seasons as the starter.
Wisconsin Badgers lead college hockey with seven recruits ranked for 2018 NHL draft
One of Tony Granato's first minor disagreements with a supporter of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team came in the initial days of his tenure as head coach in the spring of 2016.
The Badgers, Granato recently recollected the fan saying, needed to start getting players that will stay around for all four years of their eligibility.
Granato shared his contrary opinion then, and the recruiting that he and his assistants have done since have offered a similar sentiment.
Ryan Wagner named Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey MVP at team awards banquet
Ryan Wagner was named the University of Wisconsin men's hockey most valuable player Saturday at the team's postseason banquet.
Wagner, who led the Badgers with 33 points as a senior, was the recipient of the Spike Carlson/Chris Chelios Most Valuable Player award.
Junior defenseman Peter Tischke won twice, the Fenton Kelsey Jr./Mike Richter Most Competitive Award and the Suter Family Unsung Hero honor.
Former Wisconsin Badgers goalie Kyle Hayton signs to finish season with AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals
Former University of Wisconsin men's hockey goalie Kyle Hayton will finish the season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Hayton, who played his senior season with the Badgers in 2017-18, signed an amateur tryout contract with the Admirals this week.
The NHL's Nashville Predators earlier this week recalled Admirals starter Anders Lindback. Milwaukee, which is out of the playoff picture, needed another goalie for the final two games.
UND men’s hockey schedule features former WCHA rivals
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Next year's nonconference schedule for the University of North Dakota men's hockey team will feature several games against old Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals.
UND now plays in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. But it will play nonconference games next year against Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota State, Bemidji State and Alaska Anchorage.
An Oct. 27 matchup against Minnesota will be in the 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Las Vegas.
Wisconsin Badgers add three forwards to large men’s hockey freshman class for 2018-19
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will draw from a long list of committed players this week with more signings.
After receiving National Letters of Intent from eight players last November, the Badgers are adding three more in the signing period that opened Wednesday: forwards Jack Gorniak of West Salem, Brock Caufield of Mosinee and Roman Ahcan of Savage, Minnesota.
All three confirmed their signings with the Badgers.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Former University of North Dakota men's hockey coach Dean Blais is being inducted into the school's sports hall of fame.
Blais was head coach for a decade beginning with the 1994-95 season. He led the team to national championships in 1997 and 2000. He ranks second in program history in wins and win percentage. He was named national coach of the year twice.
The 1999-2000 national championship team also is being inducted into the UND Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame.
Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey doesn’t let youth get in way of title pursuit
Nick Wolff is a sophomore on the Minnesota Duluth hockey team. Hes the grandpa of his position group.
I suppose you could put it that way, he said.
Wolff is the only defenseman in the Bulldogs lineup who is not a freshman. Thats one sophomore and five freshmen, which seems unheard of on any team, much less one that finds itself on the doorstep of winning a national championship.
If UMDs defensive corps was a rock band, it should be called Wolff and the Pups.
Detroit on women’s hockey league’s expansion radar
Detroit — Every four years, the women's ice-hockey teams from the United States and Canada provide some of the most exciting moments of the Winter Olympics.
The World Championships played between the two teams, under the auspices of the International Ice Hockey Federation, are also battles between the two powerhouses in women's ice hockey and much anticipated by their fans throughout the year.
Spectator count for Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey home games falls again
Even a rivalry game for the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team couldn't bring as many people to the Kohl Center as would have been expected early in the decade.
Last November, North Dakota played only its second series on Badgers home ice since the teams split from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2013.
The Friday game drew only 6,776 spectators to the Kohl Center, according to a UW count of tickets scanned at the gates.
14-year-old offensive defenseman Corson Ceulemans orally commits to Wisconsin Badgers
The what was clear for Corson Ceulemans: He knew he wanted to play NCAA hockey.
The where was the next assignment, so he started doing research.
The 14-year-old offensive defenseman's studies on programs that have been successful in producing NHL players brought him for a visit with the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team last week.
And on Monday that prompted the first oral commitment to the Badgers from a recruit born in 2003.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Attendance at University of North Dakota men's hockey games this past season led the NCAA for the seventh straight year.
UND had 239,563 fans during its 21 home games this season, making it the only program in the country to top the 200,000 mark. The average of 11,408 fans per game led the nation for the fourth straight season.
Head Coach Brad Berry calls it "a tremendous home-ice advantage." The team lost just five of its games in Ralph Engelstad Arena last season.
Pitt hockey falls to Stony Brook at ACHA Division I nationals
The University of Pittsburgh men's hockey team wasn't able to solve Stony Brook in an 8-1 preliminary-round loss Thursday at the American College Hockey Association Division I national tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
The Panthers (21-12-0-1) entered the tournament as the No. 18 seed. Stony Brook (22-8-0-3) is the No. 15 seed, and the Seawolves advance to the second round and a 4:30 p.m. game Friday against No. 2 Adrian (30-1).