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#FollowFriday: "Awesome Women on Hockey Twitter" Edition

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YES, WE'RE BRINGING BACK FOLLOW FRIDAY. No, not really. It's just convenient that this is a list of people to follow and it's a Friday. No, wait, where are you all going. Come back.

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So rather than provide just a straight-up roundup today, I wanted to share some things with you. As you all know by now, I'm not just the girl who posts about women's hockey here or yells about it on Twitter. I also talk about issues as they pertain to the hockey community's treatment of women, because for me, these things are linked. I can't talk about women's hockey without being reminded of the path that got me to covering it in the first place, and I can't separate my feminist views from how they affect my viewing of a sport I've loved for the past ten years.

I'm a woman and a hockey fan/blogger, so obviously I've got some stake in this, but it's not just me. There is a large, vibrant, multifaceted group of women out there who have plenty of interesting things to say, and in the past week that group has had more than usual to talk about and deal with. After a couple of veteran (male) voices in hockey media ended up disappearing off the grid earlier this week, getting fired from their respective places of employment for being predatory creeps to multiple women, a discussion of how to better support female fans and bloggers emerged yet again. Some of the results were very good; some, not so good (considering I still found rape jokes from hockey people with lots of followers being discussed in my timeline today, I'd say really not good).

I've already written about the issues apparent in this community, so I'm not going to rehash that topic for fear of losing my mind. Besides, everything that can possibly be said probably has been in the links posted in the previous graf by people much more verbally articulate than I. At any rate, it's clear there are plenty of women's voices to be found in hockey social media, and certainly more of them than I can list here off the top of my head.

So here's an incomplete list of some great female voices on the Twitter. They talk about much more than just hockey, but also inform and entertain on that front. Keep in mind that I'm not touting them as perfect or authoritative voices, but as interesting people with some interesting perspectives (and just some damn funny tweets sometimes). If you have anyone else in mind for this list, please let me know in the comments or via my own Twitter (@ReinaDeLaIsla).

Women's Hockey Roundup:
  • It's the last push of the calendar year 2014 for the NCAA and the Gophers, who swept Princeton in a non-conference matchup last weekend. This week it's St. Cloud State University, who is on a seven-game losing streak (and two of those losses have already come at the hands of Minnesota). Puck drops tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Ridder.
  • Bemidji State split its series with UMD last weekend and won 7-2 against Pursuit of Excellence in an exhibition game Wednesday. Now they're at home taking on Minnesota State, who had a bye week after being swept by the Gophers.
  • Meanwhile, UMD is taking on Ohio State on the road. The Bulldogs have won 10 of their last 11 and goaltender Kayla Black earned the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for her most recent work.
  • CWHL action this weekend: the Inferno have made the long trek to Boston to face off against the Blades in yet another three-game weekend for Calgary. Boston had been undefeated, but their forfeited games against the Stars and a loss to Brampton last weekend now have them at 4-2-1, while Calgary is flying high atop the standings at 6-1-1. First game is tonight at 7:30 in Everett, and tomorrow night's game (which will be streamed!) is also slated to start at 7:30; Sunday's game has a 12:30 p.m. start. The Saturday and Sunday games will be at UMass-Boston.
  • Some more Blades news: ESPN will be filming the Blades' games this weekend, apparently in order to profile star forward Hilary Knight.
  • Toronto and Brampton are also playing each other this weekend in a home-and-home. Tonight's game is at Victoria Park at 7:30, and then a day off before Sunday's game at the MasterCard Center at 12:45 p.m. Toronto is just at .500 for the season so far, which is a little surprising considering their offensive power.
  • Don't forget, btw, to reserve your tickets for the CWHL All-Star Game. Looks like the event is now free and ticketed, so get them before they're gone. Check this page for more details.
  • This is a really cool project: WomensGoldMedalists.com, a project that details the body types of elite female athletes and serves to empower women of all shapes and sizes, proving that no matter what we look like, we are capable of great things.
For more women's hockey talk throughout the week, check out my Twitter list.