CWHL’s Blades select Kayla Tutino first overall, six countries represented at draft

Jared Clinton
Kayla Tutino and Boston Blades GM Krista Patronick (Courtesy CWHL)

Kayla Tutino has plied her trade with the NCAA’s Boston University Terriers for the past five seasons, and she’s staying put in Beantown to begin her professional career.

Tutino, 23, was taken first overall by the Boston Blades at the 2016 CWHL draft after an impressive season with the Terriers in 2015-16. Named the captain of the club ahead of the campaign, Tutino, a Montreal native, scored 11 goals and 30 points in 39 games to finish tied for 52nd in scoring. Over the course of her five-year stay with the Terriers, Tutino had notched 63 goals and 144 points in 164 games.

However, even with Tutino being taken first overall, she may not be the player who has the most immediate offensive impact.

Tutino’s 30 points were the third-most of players selected out of the NCAA, with Montreal’s first-round pick Sarah Lefort and Toronto third-round choice Michela Cava outproducing Tutino in 2015-16 with 35 and 38 points, respectively. The top scorer of the draft from the college ranks, though, was CIS standout Iya Gavrilova. Read more

NWHL holds jersey vote for fans to pick teams’ 2016-17 designs

Matt Larkin

The National Women’s Hockey League is all systems go for its second season in 2016-17. Its sweaters, it turns out, were one-offs.

The league announced Thursday all four teams – The Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters – were retiring their inaugural jersey designs. Next up? A fan vote to choose each team’s new threads for 2016-17.

​”It has always been important to us for our fans to have a voice,” said NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan. “The NWHL’s inaugural jerseys were designed and voted on by fans, and we’re excited to commemorate their importance by retiring the historic set. Memories were made, miles were logged, and history began in those jerseys. It all started with our fans, and we’re excited to hear what they have to say for Round 2.”

Each voter will be faced with the following choices:


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Ten American hockey heroes for the Fourth of July

Steve Christoff and captain Mike Eruzione hop over the boards  (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)

It’s the Fourth of July in the United States, which means hot dogs, fireworks and Uncle Sam costumes. But we’re The Hockey News, so we’re going to concentrate on hockey. USA Hockey may not have as many gold medals or international titles as Canada or Russia, but there have been some pretty dramatic championships in America’s history. Here’s a look at the true patriots of the sport:

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Hall of Fame just can’t help being an old boys’ network, can it?

Sergei Makarov (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, you’d have to think, just can’t help itself. Try as it might, it is simply unable to resist the urge to act like an old boys’ network. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that it’s made up of 18 white guys, the youngest of whom is 50 years old.

With a blank slate due to the fact that there were no first-time eligible players who were worthy of induction, the committee righted a wrong by finally inducting Eric Lindros seven years after one of the most dominant players of his generation was eligible. Sergei Makarov, a talented winger in the former Soviet Union and a vital cog on one of the most dominant teams in the history of the game. Another solid choice. Tough to argue the induction in the builders’ category with Pat Quinn, a career coach who didn’t win the Stanley Cup, but was the only coach in history lead a team to a World Cup, Olympic gold medal and World Junior Championship.

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Massive Russian doping scandal at 2014 Olympics allegedly included ‘entire women’s hockey team’

Jared Clinton
Yekaterina Smolentseva celebrates with goaltender Anna Prugova (Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Every player on Russia’s women’s hockey team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi was reportedly part of large-scale Russian doping program that included “at least 15 medal winners,” according to the New York Times.

In a shocking report published Thursday morning, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran Russia’s anti-doping laboratory during the 2014 Olympics, told the Times’ Rebecca R. Ruiz and Michael Schwirtz of a doping operation that saw as many as 100 potentially positive urine samples destroyed and replaced with clean samples. None of the athletes involved in the reported doping program were caught.

According to the Times, the athletes who were part of the program took a “cocktail of three anabolic steroids — metenolone, trenbolone and oxandrolone.” The mixture allowed the athletes to recover quicker and perform better over the course of a gruelling Olympic schedule, Dr. Rodchenkov told the Times, and the drugs were dissolved into alcohol to both speed up the absorption and “shorten the detection window.” Read more

Amanda Kessel signs with NWHL’s New York Riveters

Daniel Nugent-Bowman
DURHAM, NH - MARCH 20: Amanda Kessel #8 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers raises the championship trophy after winning the 2016 NCAA Division I Women's Hockey Frozen Four Championship against the Boston College Eagles at the Whittemore Center Arena on March 20, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Retirement from hockey seemed likely for Amanda Kessel after battling concussions for the better part of two seasons. But a surprise return to action in February has now sparked a pro career.

Kessel, the younger sister of Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Phil Kessel, signed a one-year, $26,000 contract with the NWHL’s New York Riveters, the team announced Sunday. The deal is for the 2016-17 season.

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USA downs Canada, captures Women’s World Championship on OT goal by Alex Carpenter

Jared Clinton

For the third-consecutive year, Team USA has captured gold at the Women’s World Championship and it was NCAA standout Alex Carpenter who sealed the deal with the championship-winning goal coming on a scrambled play shortly after the midway mark of the first overtime in front out of a sold-out Canadian crowd.

Shortly after a Canadian penalty ended, the Americans worked the puck around the offensive zone before a shot came from the blueline from Megan Bozek. The shot was deflected on the way in, bounced off the post and sat in the crease behind Canadian netminder Emerance Maschmeyer. Carpenter, the first overall pick in the 2015 NWHL draft, knocked the puck home before Maschmeyer could turn to cover the initial shot,.

“The building just got pretty quiet,” Carpenter told the IIHF’s Lucas Aykroyd of the game-winner. “I wasn’t really sure if it went in. But I was right there – I watched myself put it in. I wasn’t sure if [Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s] original shot went in. But regardless, it went in and that’s what counted.” Read more

Calgary Inferno win big for first Clarkson Cup in franchise history

Jared Clinton
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It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Hayley Wickenheiser has once again ended up atop the women’s hockey world.

One of the greatest women’s players in the history of the sport, Wickenheiser, 37, further added to her legacy Sunday afternoon as her two assists helped the Calgary Inferno take home their first Clarkson Cup in franchise history with a convincing 8-3 victory over the Montreal Les Canadiennes.

While both Montreal and Calgary made it to the Clarkson Cup final with 2-0 series sweeps of Toronto and Brampton respectively, Les Canadiennes were far more dominating and the clear favorite in the final. In their two wins to get to the final, Montreal scored 12 times and allowed only two goals against, while Calgary needed 4-2 and 4-3 wins over Brampton in order to advance to the final. Read more