It was perhaps a footnote when Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported it at the end of this headlines segment in the second intermission, but it could be one of the most important pieces of news to hit the women's hockey world.
Headlinezzzzzzzz -- https://t.co/Ac5pyMt7Bk— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 6, 2015
Not only is the game on December 31 - before the Alumni game during the Winter Classic festivities at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro - a great showcase for women's hockey, it is the first major collaboration between the two leagues. Boston has a CWHL team, the Blades, but most of their CWHL championship team from a year ago jumped to the NWHL which pays its players.
According to Kate Cimini of Today's Slapshot the ball got rolling on this game when the two leagues met with the NHL at a September meeting. This comes shortly after Brian Burke, who is on the board of the CWHL, said he expects the merger of the two leagues (or at least there being one league) to Yahoo Sports.
The game would feature some of the best women's hockey players in the world including Marie-Philip Poulin of Montreal and Hilary Knight of the Pride. There were also reports that players from other teams would be invited. Cimini says that Knight has said that US National Team members would not be available.
Knight says she and Team USA players will not be at the Winter Classic due to commitment w/ nat. Team— Kate Cimini (@k_cimini) December 6, 2015
That part doesn't make sense to me. There seems to be no better showcase for the women's game than to have the best players in the world available for this one.
We will have more details as they become available.