Sunday, 14 February 2016

Hats for winter days

Made by me

I'm really into ice hockey at the moment. There's something about the click click clicking of the sticks and puck and the wshhhh of skates skidding on the ice that's such JOY TO THE EARS. And to the eyes there's that exiting combination of the gracefulness of the skating and the aggressiveness of the game. And there's this too...

In October Dani Rylan founded the NWHL, the first paid women's professional hockey league. Being a former player herself, Dani understands the frustration of being among the best at what you do and not getting the recognition deserved for it. The league currently consists of four North American teams: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. While income is not yet high enough to make hockey the players' sole career, it's a start. 
Anyway, "it's not about the money. It's about the respect. It's about being treated as a professional," said Dani in her story for The Players' Tribune

A key part of the NWHL, as well as giving them access to the best kits, equipment and places to store them, is helping players transition from college to beyond so that they don't have to frustratingly abandon their hockey talent and dreams. There's also emphasis on entertainment and inspiring the next generation. Matches are held on Sundays, between 3 and 7pm, making them accessible to families. Community is at the core which is why "you're not just going to be able to watch US Olympian Hilary Knight up close, you're going to get to pound her glove as she goes on the ice. You're going to be able to talk to our players and get to know them as human beings" (Rylan, Players' Tribune)

All in all, it's inspiring and wonderful and a yay for women's sport

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