Season tickets for the Minnesota Whitecaps’ defense of the Isobel Cup go on sale tomorrow – Tuesday, August 20 at 11 a.m. CT at NWHL.zone/tickets. For the first time ever, all sections for Whitecaps home games are reserved, so the diehard fans no longer have to line up before games to sit at center ice, as many did in Minnesota last season.
Whitecaps fans are encouraged to purchase their season tickets as soon as possible. With more than half of last year’s Whitecaps season ticketholders having already renewed for 2019-20, with renewals continuing to pour in every day, the champs’ games at TRIA Rink in Saint Paul are as popular as you would expect from the State of Hockey. Tickets will go fast.
In their inaugural NWHL season, the Whitecaps sold out all regular season and playoff games en route to claiming the Isobel Cup.
The Whitecaps return with a core of stars with deep connections to Minnesota, along with some elite new ones. Jonna Curtis, the team’s leading scorer and NWHL Newcomer of the Year, is back.
“Last year was my first year with the NWHL and within that year, I felt the momentum for women’s hockey had grown so much,” said Curtis. “When I took the Isobel Cup back to my hometown, the amount of support and excitement around the NWHL and Whitecaps was so thrilling to see.”
NWHL legend Amanda Leveille also returns as the Whitecaps’ No. 1 goaltender. Last season, the two-time Isobel Cup champion and former NWHL Goaltender of the Year had a record of 13-4, 1.96 GAA and .929 save percentage. Amanda Boulier, the dazzling playmaker who was named one of the Fans’ NWHL Three Stars of the Season and a finalist for Defender of the Year, also has signed up to defend the crown.
“The fan support at TRIA Rink, highlighted by sellout crowds at all 10 home games, was a testament to the health of women’s hockey in Minnesota,” said Boulier. “We can’t wait to get started on 2019-20 and, along with our fans, defend the Isobel Cup.”
Among the world-class players debuting in the NWHL’s fifth season is Whitecaps rookie forward Nicole Schammel, the leading scorer in 2018-19 at the University of Minnesota and a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award for the best player in college hockey. Schammel is expected to be a top contender to follow in the footsteps of Curtis as the NWHL’s Newcomer of the Year.
“Being part of the Whitecaps organization is a huge honor and I could not be more excited to join the team and the NWHL,” said Schammel. “The visibility for women’s hockey has increased over the last few years. The opportunities available for women’s hockey players have improved and I hope to see these continue to grow.”
Each Whitecaps season ticket package offers more than 10 percent off individual ticket prices. The NWHL has increased the regular season to 24 games, so there will be 12 Whitecaps home games in 2019-20.
Season ticket holders also receive Isobel Cup Playoffs ticket priority. And when it comes to these Whitecaps, the chances of playoff games returning to TRIA Rink are a pretty good bet.