10 Reasons to Follow NCAA Women's Hockey in 2012-13

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10 Reasons to Follow NCAA Women's Hockey in 2012-13
Marie-Philip Poulin (Image by Steve McLaughlin)

With the NHL Lockout dragging on, there are many more alternatives for hockey fans. One alternative is NCAA women’s hockey.

Quite possibly, the best kept secret in hockey today, the existing rivalries (BU vs. BC, Minnesota vs. Wisconsin, Brown vs. Providence) are as visceral as any in the NHL.

This year’s freshman crop will guarantee that the next four years of NCAA women’s hockey will be the finest yet. With talent coming from the Canadian and US Under-18 national programs, fans will be spoiled by the superlative quality of hockey that exists.

Although the Midwest features remarkable talent in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference, the city of Boston is making a strong case as the hub of premier women’s ice hockey in the United States. The Boston University Terriers and Boston College Eagles are continuously ranked in the polls. In addition, Boston also boasts the Northeastern Huskies and the Harvard Crimson. With historic Fenway Park hosting outdoor hockey games (known as Frozen Fenway), the entertainment factor emanating out of Boston is a remarkable boon for NCAA women’s hockey.

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