Scoop On Hockey: THE PWHPA PLAYOFFS ARE HERE!!!

By S Michael

You might be thinking that this seems fast, we just had the NHL trade deadline, so why is the Scoop talking about playoffs. But this is actually crunch time in women’s hockey, with the PWHPA and the PHF soon heading into their championships. The PWHPA happens first though so here is a primer.

PWHPA

This is Championship Weekend for the PWHPA and if you are a fan of International Women’s Hockey many of the names that show up in the big Canada vs. USA games play here.

The format is a little different, but compelling once you get it figured out.  The teams don’t represent cities, they are sponsored by major companies like Harvey’s, Adidas, Scotiabank, and Sonnet.  The teams don’t have home rinks, but take part in the Secret Dream Gap Tour where the players travel and play their games in cities across North America.  

But these aren’t exhibition games.  They have all been adding up in the standings and will culminate in the finals this weekend in California. 

Here’s where things ended up.

And here’s a look at the teams. 

TEAM HARVEY’S

Canadian hero Marie-Philip Poulin was the leading scorer in the tour and leads the first place team into finals weekend.  In fact the top 8 leading scorers were all Canadian but who’s counting.  The team also has the defender of the year with American Lee Stecklein.

TEAM ADIDAS

Kristin O’Neill and Laura Stacey were the leading scorers on second place Team Adidas but this squad also has perhaps the best known women’s player right now in Sarah Nurse who has been a superstar for Canada and was recently seen on the cover of the popular EA Sports NHL 23 video game. 

Here’s some of their magic last weekend…

The team also has some lightning fast speed from Kendall Coyne Schofield who also received the PWHPA Humanitarian award for her work in the community.  

TEAM SCOTIABANK

Third place Team Scotiabank is led by Canadian stars Rebecca Johnston and Blayre Turnbull along with veteran Natalie Spooner

TEAM SONNET

I didn’t follow the whole tour but I can’t figure out why Team Sonnet finished last.  They have Canadian Brianne Jenner scoring goals, top Canadian Erin Ambrose on defence, and American superstar Hilary Knight!  Could we see an upset here?

Here’s how the finals work.

On Friday March 10th all the teams are in action.  Harvey’s plays Sonnet and Adidas plays Scotiabank. 

The two losing squads play for 3rd the next day.

The two winning teams play in the championship on Sunday March 12th.

Good luck to all!

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