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A Memorable NWHL All-Star Morning Skate, Outdoor in Saint Paul with Future Stars

By Jane Norton, 02/10/18, 3:00PM EST

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Photo By Matt Raney

When your inspiration is to advance the sport of women’s hockey, you have to do things a little differently. Case in point: today’s warmup before tonight’s NWHL All-Star Skills Challenge in Minnesota.

Instead of the usual morning skate at the arena, the NWHL took to the beautiful streets of Saint Paul and a outdoor rink on St. Peter Street. Instead of just two All-Star teams skating — Team Leveille and Team Ott — they were joined by two dozen girls’ hockey players from the U.S. and Canada.

It may have been 3 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but there were warm hearts all over the rink.

The youth players wore replica jerseys of their NWHL heroes. NWHL leading scorer Alexa Gruschow did a passing drill with a future star in a Gruschow Riveters jersey. Alyssa Gagliardi of the Boston Pride was her usual jovial and energetic self, running mini-clinics with every young player who wanted to learn.

All the while, a film crew worked on a documentary on the women’s game, captured every heartwarming moment — drones and all.

“This is what it’s all about,” said Connecticut Whale all-star forward Kelly Babstock. “Sharing our love for hockey with the next generation.”

As the Winter Olympics begin and with NWHL All-Star Weekend continuing in Minnesota, the celebration of this sport and the message of #HockeyIsForEveryone is in full flight.


Photo By Matt Raney


Photo By Matt Raney


Photo By: Matt Raney


Photo By Matt Raney


Photo By Matt Raney


Photo By: Matt Raney


Photo By: NWHL.Zone Staff


Photo By: NWHL.Zone Staff