2013 Predictions for Women's Ice Hockey

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2013 Predictions for Women's Ice Hockey
Image by Todd Huxley Smith (Obtained from http://www.maphockey.net/page/show/228359-girls-map-player-achievements)

After the historic events of 2012, including Minnesota's Noora Raty winning her first NCAA Frozen Four, Meghan Agosta breaking the CWHL record, and Florence Schelling helping Switzerland capture their first medal at the IIHF Worlds, the year 2013 should build on that momentum and provide fans with even better hockey.

January begins with a bang as it offers the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championships, and the Meco Cup (tends to feature players Under-22). As the month of February features numerous teams make a mad dash for the playoffs, March offers plenty of postseason action for hardcore fans.

March will have the NCAA Frozen Four at the Division I and Division III levels, while Canadian Interuniversity Sport offers its national tournament. As Minnesota enters 2013 with a 20-0 record, all eyes in the NCAA hockey world will be glued upon them to see if they can maintain their momentum.

For the fifth consecutive time, the historic Clarkson Cup shall be contested as the Montreal Stars try to become the first CWHL franchise to win the coveted Cup three years in a row. A few short weeks afterwards, the city of Ottawa will host the IIHF Women’s World Championships. As the last major international event before the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the visceral rivalry between Canada and the United States will be played out before an electrifying crowd in Canada’s capital city. 

The outcome of the World Championships will have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year. CWHL training camps and NCAA rosters will be potentially usurped as both Canada and the United States look to build their selection rosters. While the future remains unknown, the ride should be one filled with wonder and amazement, as the sport of women’s hockey only continues to grow.

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