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.
In the 30th episode of Don’t Snow the Goalie, Bevis, Reeher and Cimini host a special international episode previewing some the International Ice Hockey Federation 2016 World Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, with a strong focus on Team Canada and Team USA. Who are the top players? Why do the 2016 Worlds matter for Team USA? What is the history behind the event? All this is covered and more.
Reeher took some time to discuss the history of the league while Bevis added on, explaining why Worlds matters so much to the international crowd.
Spoiler alert: it’s going to be huge when it comes to Olympic seeding and relegation for the lower-seeded teams. This led into discussion of the Women’s Frozen Four Championship game between the Boston College Eagles and the Minnesota Golden Gophers, as several players included in Worlds were on one of these two teams. Of note is a discussion on the potential with some of the players potentially moving up the NWHL and CWHL’s pipelines.
Don’t Snow the Goalie then moved back to Women’s Worlds, where each gave their gold medal game predictions (Kate Cimini has a couple real bracket busters) and dark horse predictions for the bronze medal games.
Finally, the podcast covered a question that has sitting in the mailbox for quite a while: “If you could give the NWHL grades for its first season, what would you give it?” Five different categories were covered: professionalism, marketing, on-ice product, communication with press and management. This, of course, led to an enormously long discussion on why each grade was awarded as well as the pluses and minuses that came with each grade.
Thanks for tuning in! As always, you can follow along on Twitter at @madecunningly, @k_cimini and @Hannah_Bevis1.