The NWHL launched its inaugural season on October 11, 2015 and the regular season has triumphantly concluded with the Isobel Cup playoffs set to begin tonight with a pair of opening round best-of-three series.
The U.S. Women's National Team, that will compete in the IIHF Women's World Championship at the end of the month, is well represented with nine players competing in the playoffs. The Boston Pride are lead by Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Amanda Pelkey. The Buffalo Beauts have Megan Bozek, Meghan Duggan and Emily Pfalzer. The Connecticut Whale will have Shiann Darkangelo and Kelli Stack.
The Whale will take on the Beauts at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford, Connecticut and the Pride will face the New York Riveters at Raymond J. Bourque Arena at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
The Isobel Cup Finals are slated to begin at the Prudential Center Practice Facility in Newark, New Jersey on March 11.
ABOUT THE ISOBEL CUP
The Isobel Cup is the championship trophy of the National Women’s Hockey League. It received its name from Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley’s daughter, Isobel, who shared his love of the game and is known to be one of the first female hockey players in Canada. Isobel, along with her brothers, encouraged her father to purchase a silver cup to award to the best amateur hockey team in Canada. The Stanley Cup, as it was later named, became the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL). For more on the NWHL, go to to NWHL.co.