Don’t Snow the Goalie is a women’s hockey podcast that believes in treating women’s sports like sports. Kate Cimini, Hannah Bevis and Kate Reeher focus on happenings in the National Women’s Hockey League (and occasionally the Canadian Women’s Hockey League) every week, whether that be a trade, expansion rumors or potential draft picks. They bring you the latest in the NWHL and CWHL, including front-office moves, game analysis, player stats and more.
On this episode of Don’t Snow the Goalie, Cimini and Bevis welcome goaltending gurus Cat Silverman and Clare Austin to talk netminding in the CWHL and NWHL.
All four took a look at the most recent rule change in the NWHL, changing team’s roster sizes from 18 players to 17 and, most notably, moving one goaltending spot down to a practice player position. What are the potential implications these changes could have for some of the players moving into the offseason? Who some of the top contenders are for making the jump from rostered player to practice player?
They also discussed who could potentially take the starting spots in both the NWHL and CWHL, and whether fans might see some potential upsets with the emergence of players like Emerance Maschmeyer, if teams are able to successfully sign their draft picks.
Bevis and Cimini then turned their attention to the Women’s World Championships, Czeching out some of the upsets and talking about players to keep an eye on in the future. They also looked at the bronze and gold medal games and discussed the future of international hockey, including some of the implications the tournament could have on Olympic hopefuls.
Finally, the two turned their attention to mailbag questions which asked about the possibility of players moving leagues. Which Riveters might stay or go with “significant changes” needing to come to the NWHL’s lowest-ranking team?
You can follow your hosts on Twitter @Hannah_Bevis1, @k_cimini and @madecunningly, and you can follow guests Clare Austin at @Puckologist and Cat Silverman at @CataCarryOn