Following Hockey for the Love of Hockey

We started this blog a month ago today because we love hockey and we love the Washington Capitals. We had contributed to another blog but it wasn’t our cup of tea. So we banded together a group of women who love hockey and here we are! As far as we know, we are the only all-female blog covering hockey, or at least the Caps, out there.

There are some great blogs reporting on the Caps, like Russia Machine Never Breaks and Japers Rink, who write in-depth statistical analysis of each game and season. We aren’t them. We love reading their material but we didn’t think you needed another place to come read what others are already doing a great job covering. We will give you a quick shot of stats but tune into them for the full range of data. And yes, we will even retweet the good stuff by them in case you missed it.

britBrittney, our primary photographer is at practice nearly every day. She has a way of capturing the player at just the right time. And now that they are used to seeing her, they almost pose for her. We chat with them after practice and are getting to know them a little better. Feel free to ask her to take your picture with a player if you see her outside of Kettler. Or if there is a specific player you’d like to see more of just let us know.

We have met some great people hanging out at Kettler. It’s where we met Renee who does a fabulous job summarizing the games for you. Ashley has just started writing with us and we look forward to the stories she shares. Both will be writing more in the weeks ahead about Caps-related events.

We have a great time with the Caps Fan Club who are at Kettler nearly every day too. We have adopted an adorable little mascot who brings a smile to our faces every time we see him. We have met other people, like Jill Sorenson, who follow the Caps and will be bringing you more stories about women in hockey as a result. And then there is you: the fans who come up for the first time and we get to talk to you about how best to meet a player or get your picture. We talk hockey on all levels with the ladies at the rink and will do our best to represent you here.

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We are open to adding other writers to our team. And you don’t have to be female to contribute. We are looking for people to cover other hockey happenings in the area–youth hockey, college hockey, and Wounded Warriors. Simply send me a message on the blog or DM us on Twitter or Facebook and we will get back to you.

Check us out on Twitter (@incoldplacesDC), Facebook, and Instagram for updates, including practice pictures and game-day notifications.

We hope you are enjoying our contribution to the hockey world and if there is a story you would like us to cover or photos you would like us to get, please let us know. We are here because we want to share our love of hockey with you!

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Women and Their Hockey

There are a lot of thing said about women who come to hockey games-–most of them are pretty negative and we won’t repeat them here. Instead we will be spending the next few editions of Women in Hockey talking about the bright and passionate women we know who follow hockey, report on hockey, and live hockey as players, moms, and avid watchers. Our quest to find positive models of women who love their hockey has led us to meet some incredible women.

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Did you know there is a National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)? There are four teams, all on the east coast of the United States and their players hail from around the globe. The NWHL is the first league to actually pay women to play hockey. They play an 18 game schedule from October to February. North of the border the Canadian Women’s Hockey League is going strong, although they are not yet payed for their time. Both leagues hope to align themselves with their NHL brothers as they strive to carve out a new niche market.  

Women’s hockey has been a part of the Winter Olympics since 1998. Slow to grow, the female side of the sport has gained popularity with each passing game. The women’s tournaments are usually dominated by the United States and Canadian teams. Eight teams competed in the last tournament in 2014 and challenge between the US and Canadian teams brought world-wide attention to an expanding sport.

In addition to these professional players, many ice rinks now provide hockey lessons to men and women and there are several coed teams around the US. For example, Kettler Ice Plex boasts an adult coed league that is fortified through training sessions for both men and women. In the weeks ahead you will be hearing from some of the women who play hockey and why they decided to put on pads instead of tutus to skate competitively. There are the moms who load up cars with hockey equipment to take their kids to practice and games. And let’s not forget the women who bring us updates about our favorite teams and budding sportscasters found in on our college campuses.

 jill_112315   In the coming weeks you will be hearing stories from all of these women as we strive to bring you a new perspective on women in and around hockey. If you have a story to share, let us know. We would love to include you in our spotlight. We are excited to have met so many incredible women who are changing the face of hockey and breaking the stereotype.