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Women's hockey news roundup, 4/23

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Hayley Wickenheiser is one of the most visible and legendary players in the women's game and will be speaking today about pay equality for women's hockey players with her US National Team rivals.
Hayley Wickenheiser is one of the most visible and legendary players in the women's game and will be speaking today about pay equality for women's hockey players with her US National Team rivals.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Team camps announced

On April 22, the NWHL sent out a news release detailing camp locations and dates for each team:


Connecticut Whale

May 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
May 10, 2015, 1:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Location: Chelsea Piers, Stamford, Conn.


New York Riveters

May 16, 2015, 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
May 17, 2015, 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Location: Twin Rinks Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, N.Y.

Boston Pride

May 16, 2015, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
May 17, 2015, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Ristuccia Arena, Wilmington, Mass.

Buffalo Beauts

May 23, 2015, 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
May 24, 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Location: HarborCenter, Buffalo, N.Y.

The NWHL website was also updated to include links to the draft and free agency registration forms. The draft is only for college juniors who will be completing their college hockey careers next year (class of 2016 undergraduates). The draft will take place in late June, and presumably players can join their teams after they have graduated the following year.

Free agents must be formally invited by the league and already have a college degree. Contracts can only be offered to free agents for a "reasonable salary" and are one year in duration (no multi-year contracts yet).

Sources: http://nwhl.co/players/free-agents/, http://nwhl.co/players/draft/

The Anti-Summit

NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan said at the launch party that she and Erika Lawler had already met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the future of women's hockey partnering with the NHL. Today, though, women's hockey representatives are forcing the issue by meeting with Susan Cohig, the Senior VP of NHL Business Affairs and Integrated Marketing (via Outlook Hockey). The Anti-Summit is a new initiative being held in New York this year to pair groups and businesses together to speak about actionable behaviors that can challenge social issues. Here's what their website says:

On April 23-24, 300 doers will shape the future of peer-to-peer exchange and drive real Business Hactivism at the Anti-Summit (beta). Somewhere between Davos and Burning Man, this extreme transformative experience explores the collision of arts, sciences, humanities, technology and business and their inevitable impact on the future of innovation. The Anti-Summit (beta) challenges and immerses participants in a series of modular Do-Tanks that tackle intractable problems, create actionable outcomes and instant communities.

Hilary Knight, Digit Murphy, Kelli Stack, Blake Bolden, and Hayley Wickenheiser will meet with Cohig in a panel moderated by Dan Lebowitz. Lebowitz is the Executive Director at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University. Their panel is at 2:30pm and focuses on the wage gap between men and women in sports.

Still waiting on any concrete news/developments regarding who will play in the NWHL, whether the Boston Blades of the CWHL will still exist next year and in what form, and if any relationship will exist between the NWHL and CWHL.  I will also find out whether team camps will be open to the public and media.

ETA: Per the NWHL's PR firm, team camps will be open to the public.