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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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Unpopular WoHo opinions — Interview with Denisa Krizova—must-click women's hockey links

So, lots of news about both the NWHL and CWHL All-Star Weekends came out in the past couple of days. So, here is a list of what (I believe to be) unpopular opinions about some of the top news stories:
 

  • I get the Gerry Dee video was satire, I just didn't think it was particularly funny or clever (more on this below).
  • If you applauded the partnership between the Boston Pride and the Boston Bruins, but don't like that former NHL players are serving as coaches at the CWHL & NWHL All-Star Games, what?!
  • If you haven't asked a player how they would like their name pronounced, you have no conceivable way of knowing if you are pronouncing it correctly. Do better!
  • I don't want to hear Baby Shark at any sporting event for any reason.
  • The only way I'll get behind #OneLeague is if salaries at least triple (from the Season 1 reported NWHL salaries)! AT LEAST! Everyone should be making China Ambassador money!
  • You shouldn't complain about women's sports coverage, marketing, or salaries while also wanting game streams and content to be free!
  • Yes, more women and people of color should write about women and people of color. However, the rest of the media (white women, black men, white men, etc.) need to do better! We are people, not an enigma. If we correct you on language, tone, BELIEVE US!
  • Growing the game means providing opportunities for adults to learn and participate as well. 
  • Bonus: I'd rock a Black Rosie the Riveters hockey jersey so hard, it's not even funny! 


This Week in Women's Hockey 

Jerred Bapty and I chat CWHL & NWHL on the CWHL: Over The Glass podcast. 

Riveters rout the Whale 6-3 with new goalie in net and a new attitude in 2019. Here is my story featuring quotes from Jenny Ryan, Madison Packer, and Amanda Kessel

Here is an opinion on Gerry Dee video by Courtney Szto. And another one by Kyla Lane

Courtney Wittig is the first Division III player drafted in NWHL history. Olivia Spellmire has more on the Wisconsin Eau-Claire senior. 

George Washington University set to start a women's hockey club team

Hayley Wickenheiser joins the Hockey Night in Canada podcast. 

Michelle Jay of The Ice Garden chats with NWHL Deputy Commissioner Hayley Moore about the new draft format. 

Kalei Forga GoFundMe is a success, writes Black Girl Hockey Club!

Boston Pride and Boston Bruins announce partnership, new 'learn to play' initiative. 

 

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Five at The IX: Boston Pride forward Denisa Krizova

I spoke to Czech Republic National Team player Deniza Krizova earlier in the 2018-19 NWHL season, her first. Krizova and the Boston Pride host the Minnesota Whitecaps Saturday evening. This will be the first game under the newly announced partnership with the Boston Bruins. 
 
Erica L. Ayala: You made your debut in a 5 to 1 win over the Riveters. What were your thoughts leading up to that game?
Deniza Krisova: You know I was I was really excited and obviously nervous. It was my first game in the league. I was excited and nervous. I wanted to start the season with a win, wanted to start the career with a win. So, that was something that went through my head before the game. But, yeah just [wanted to] play hockey like I've been playing all my life. I didn't want to make myself too nervous. Obviously, I was a bit but. But, I was excited!

ELA: It was announced that you might be on a line with McKenna Brand who you've known and played with at Northeaster, along with Amanda Pelkey. What was the lead up to that first game as far as building chemistry with those two? 
DK: I mean playing with these two is so I'm like oh how you said, I played with McKenna at Northeastern for two years. So, we know each other on the ice. and then playing with Pelkey, she's such a good player. She's so fast she's very smart with the puck. So I think it's like we did well, we worked together well. We obviously just started so we're still working on our chemistry.

It's so it's so fun. Yeah I mean she's she's an unbelievable player. It makes me work harder and be even better in trying to keep up with her and do my best not just myself but as a line too.

 
ELA: Having played at Northeastern, the Boston area is familiar to you. When you thought about continuing your career, were there other places that you had considered, or was it Boston all the way?
DK: [Laughs] You said it. I've been in Boston for four years. Boston is a great city, a great area. I have a lot of friends here and other people I know. I wanted to continue to play hockey here. I was looking all over the world and even back in Europe. I thought, should like play in a Sweden or not. But, Boston is a great city and having the opportunity to play for the Boston Pride as a professional is such a huge accomplishment for me. I'm a blessed and proud that I got this opportunity.

ELA: You played on the Czech Republic Ball Hockey team that won the latest World Championships? How did you enjoy playing for the host nation last summer?
DK: Oh, that was unbelievable because you know it was home saw all my friends and especially family could like come and watch me play ball hockey which was super fun and you know we wanted to win it, that was the gaol. It's like everyone dream to 
win a World Championship in your country. So there was a lot of people, a very good atmosphere. Yeah, it was great.

ELA: This season, you will play a fellow Czech National Team member Katarina
Morozova of the Connecticut Whale. What are your thoughts about being able to be on the other side of the ice, playing against a national teammate?
DK: Oh it's going to be fun. We text and we talk a lot. All right excited. It's always fun to play someone from like your country because it gets more competitive. Now also I think this like more fun. You get to see your friend and chat after the game. You know, it's it's nice to see someone from home everywhere you go.
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