February 7, 2017, Brooklyn, NY - The National Women's Hockey League All-Star Weekend takes place this Saturday and Sunday, with all events held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the state-of-the-art practice facility of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The official schedule of events was announced today by the NWHL.
All-Star Weekend begins on Saturday, Feb. 11 with the Skills Showdown. The All-Star Game, a 4-on-4 battle between the top players in the NWHL for two 25-minute periods, takes place on Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets for both events are available at nwhl.zone/allstar. Following both the Skills Showdown and All-Star Game will be one-hour autograph sessions, open to all ticketholders.
In addition, the League is conducting the All-Star Girls Hockey Clinic, Presented by Dunkin' Donuts, for 50 U12 girls from Pittsburgh-area hockey programs.
"We're excited to have the National Women's Hockey League bring its showcase event to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex," said David Morehouse, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins. "Women's hockey is growing rapidly both in Pittsburgh and across the world, and this will give our fans the chance to see some of the most talented players in North America and create new role models for aspiring players in the Pittsburgh area."
2017 NWHL All-Star Weekend Schedule
10:45AM: The NWHL All-Star Girls Hockey Clinic, Presented by Dunkin Donuts
3:00: Doors open for ticketholders
4:00: 2017 NWHL Skills Showdown, which includes:
- Fastest Skater, including a Fastest Goalie challenge
- Hardest Shot
- Shooting Accuracy
- Breakaway Challenge
- Rapid-Fire Shootout Challenge
Following Skills Showdown: Autograph session
2:00: Doors open for ticketholders
3:00: 2017 NWHL All-Star Game (two 25-minute periods with one 18-minute intermission)
Following All-Star Game: Autograph session
2017 NWHL All-Star Weekend Rosters
Team Kessel - coached by New York Riveters head coach Chad Wiseman
Goaltenders (2): Brittany Ott, Nicole Stock
Defenders (4): Kacey Bellamy, Megan Bozek, Courtney Burke, Gigi Marvin
Forwards (8): Harrison Browne, Meghan Duggan, Zoe Hickel, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Rebecca Russo, Kelli Stack, Dana Trivigno
Team Steadman - coached by Riveters assistant Sis Paulsen
Goaltenders (2): Katie Fitzgerald, Brianne McLaughlin
Defenders (4): Blake Bolden, Kaleigh Fratkin, Emily Pfalzer, Ashley Johnston
Forwards (8): Kelly Babstock, Corinne Buie, Alex Carpenter, Shiann Darkangelo, Brianna Decker, Madison Packer, Haley Skarupa, Kelley Steadman
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The National Women's Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women's hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.
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