I mentioned right before the Olympic break that I am a big fan of women’s hockey, I love the style of play, and I just think those women are amazing. One thing I would like to see get more exposure is the CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League). Over the past few years I’ve seen women’s hockey grow in popularity. In the Olympics it is steps ahead of where men’s hockey was at the same point. I hope that transfers to the CWHL.
At the moment the league consists of five teams: Montreal Stars, Toronto Furies, Calgary Inferno, Brampton Thunder, and the Boston Blades. They play 24 regular season games, and the top 4 compete for the Clarkson Cup. The league is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey and provides a place where the best female players can compete and train. Olympians Hilary Knight, Kelli Stack, Kacey Bellamy, Meghan Duggan, and Geneviève Lacasse all play for the Boston Blades. Julie Chu, Meaghan Mikkelson, Caroline Ouellette, as well as some from the Finnish Olympic team, compete in the league, also.
As we all know, for about sixty years the NHL consisted of six teams. It wasn’t until 1967 when the original expansion happened. I believe the CWHL could expand at a faster rate if it gets more attention, however probably not to 30 teams. It has added one team already, though, which was the Boston Blades in 210-11. It’s now in its seventh season, the regular season just ending.
For anyone who is interested: http://www.cwhl.ca/view/cwhl