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Your Curated Guide to Women's Sports

Mondays: Soccer
By: Annie Peterson, AP Women's Soccer
Twitter: @AnnieMPeterson

 
Wednesdays: Basketball
By: Howard Megdal, High Post Hoops
Twitter: @HowardMegdal

  
Fridays: Hockey
By: Erica Ayala, NWHL Broadcaster
Twitter: @ELindsay08
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Starting with the reporter in the mirror— Interview with Paul Mara—must-click women's hockey links

Olympic gold medalist Brianne Jenner offered some much-warranted criticism to media covering women's hockey at an event on December 3. She wanted more media to ask her and other players elite-level hockey questions, not just questions about the USA v Canada rival or a bunch of other bingo card questions. 

Several reporters took to social media to co-sign on Jenner's comments, as reported in the Olds Albertan. I'd like to also co-sign, but ask that we as reporters take that a step further. I've asked bad questions, I've asked long questions that seemingly had no end and were really just a statement and not a question. I've asked redundant questions. 

For example, I'd like to see my peers be better when asking people of color questions, and pay close attention to how players identify and correct accordingly. Also, if you don't know something or something sounds unclear, just ask! Either a fellow reporter or the player herself. I know it can be awkward, but we're already asking questions. We might as well get it right. 

Hey, it happens. And, I'm sharing because I too need to be better in these areas. So, let's all do better. Yes, it's frustrating to do more with less as beat reporters in women's sports. However, this is still an opportunity for us to be better. Let's all take the Jenner Challenge!

 


This Week in Women's Hockey 

So, the Beauts fired their coaching staff, here is my interview with GM Nik Fattey

If you enjoy podcasts, listen to my full conversation with Nik.

In other podcast news, Kelly Schultz joins the Founding 4Podcast to discuss what the Minnesota Whitecaps need in the upcoming NWHL Draft (being held next week).  

I also just came across the Changing on the Fly podcast and cannot recommend it enough! From conversations about the link between hockey and colonization in hockey to toxic masculinity, this is definitely (to borrow a line from Burn It All Down) a sports podcast we need. 

I'm always a sucker for a good sister segment! Get to know The Murrays (Sarah & Eden) and The Hickels (Tori & Zoe) from the Calgary Inferno.

Congrats to Natalie Darwitz on entering the Us Hockey Hall of Fame, she was one of four inducted in the Class of 2018.

Speaking of HOFers, The Color of Hockey blog believes the time is right for players like Julie Chu to enter the U.S Hockey Hall of Fame. Agreed!

The Minnesota Spokesman Reporter caught up with Blake Bolden and Kaliya Johnson for the third installment of The color of hockey series by Charles Hallman. 



















 

Tweet of the week!

Felicidades Monique!




 

Five at The IX: Paul Mara

The Boston pride continue their winning streak in New Jersey with a 5-2 win over the Riveters. Here is what first year head coach Paul Mara had to say about the victory. 

 
Erica L. Ayala: The game was tied for a while there in the third period,but them Kaleigh Fratkin get the game winning goal with about six minutes to go. How do you feel about this win?
Paul Mara: Oh, it's a big big victory for us. You know. For half hour. Drive from car drive down. This morning no 630 bus. To come in here and get t a 5-2 victory is big.; 2-2 going into the last six minutes and we break it up open there with a 5-on-3 goal. Huge by Fratty, she played fantastic for us, setting up that second goal. So big victory for us.


Dan Rice - NWHL/The Hockey Writers: Where do you feel your team is at now as you head into this Christmas break?
PM: This is exactly where we want to be. You know I think the first five games of the season, we were really feeling [out] the team we really wanted. We would be off and on. Then we had that trip from Minnesota where we really turned things on and played the way we want to play.

Came out in Minnesota, played with speed in both games. Tonight, got our road legs out of us and played with a lot of speed in the second and third you got a big victory. so that's where we want to be right now and keep moving forward keep improving.


DR: The Riveters have given you some fits and challenges in the firsy couple of games ...
PM: Yeah, they're a real pesky team . They never quit they battle every. Last game. They kept battling until the end and popped a goal in with three seconds left and you got the victory. Tonight, it was another hard fought battle and we got a couple of power plays at the end and got a couple of goals. But, it was a lot closer than the 5-2 scoreboard.

ELA: I saw Gigi marvin go [into the boards], looked like she came off the bench. Do you have any idea what's going on there yet?
PM: Yeah, you know I think she just said a little tweak there. you know we have a 3 week break here. She's been playing fantastic for us. I want to get her as healthy as possible, but we'll check on her now and see the exact prognosis of it.

ELA: Just curious. It sounds like the college chapters will be before the close of 2018 . Also there's the PTO's that every team has. Have you thought about utilizing those , or are you good with what you've got?
PM: I think you know the coaching staff and the staff here with our team is real the players that we have. We'll definitely look and we have been looking into the draft we've been talking to college coaches about possible players. But right now we're really excited where this team can go. And for the players that aren't playing for us, we're excited about them as well. You know we have some players that haven't played in the few game class games but. They're itching to get in. But with scores and the victories we've had it's tough to get into this lineup But we'll look at all opportunities for players to come in.
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