It was a big weekend for women’s hockey, as both the Clarkson Cup in the CWHL and the inaugural Isobel Cup in the NWHL were awarded, to the Calgary Inferno and Boston Pride, respectively.
It was an upset of the Canadiennes of Montréal before a stunned crowd in Ottawa, as the Inferno, who won just two of six in their season series against the 21-3 Canadiennes, thrashed the powerhouse 8-3, with a pair of goals from each Blayre Turnbull, Brianne Jenner, Jessica Campbell and Rebecca Johnston. With the win, five new Canadian players join the unofficial women’s version of the Triple Gold Club: Jenner, Johnston, Haley Irwin, Meaghan Mikkelson and women’s hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser, finally adding the Cup to their Olympic and World Championship Golds with Calgary’s first title.
In Newark, New Jersey, it was the Pride who upended the Buffalo Beauts in two straight games to win the best of three series, winning the finale 3-1 on a pair of goals from Brianna Decker, and a third from U.S. team MVP Hilary Knight. While no women from the Beauts will join the Triple Gold Club, as Team USA has not won Olympic Gold since 1998, this will surely be a large stepping stone for players like Decker, Knight, Kacey Bellamy and Gigi Marvin, in the event the Americans dethrone Canada at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
Our congratulations go out to the players from both the Pride and Infero on their historic victories!