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Wild, NWHL Partner to Host Women's All-Star Game in St. Paul

Wild, NWHL Partner to Host Women's All-Star Game in St. Paul

Eyewitness Sports
January 12, 2018 05:43 PM

St. Paul, Minn. - The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) has announced a partnership with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild to host the 2018 NWHL All-Star Weekend on February 10-11 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The events will be held at TRIA Rink, which is the state-of-the-art Practice Facility for the Wild in downtown St. Paul.

“We are excited to partner with the National Women’s Hockey League and showcase some of the best hockey players in North America at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul,” said Jamie Spencer, Minnesota Wild Executive Vice President of Business Development in a statement on the NWHL's website. “Participation in girls’ and women’s hockey continues to grow at record levels and we look forward to creating a greater State of Hockey as hosts of All-Star Weekend.”

The NWHL Skills Challenge will take place on Saturday, February 10 at 6:45 p.m. The 2018 NWHL All-Star Game is on Sunday, February 11 at 11:30 a.m.

“We are so proud to have the opportunity to present the NWHL All-Star Weekend in St. Paul,” said Commissioner Dani Rylan said on the NWHL's website. “As we strive to enhance our league and promote the women’s game, our goal has been to showcase the great players of the NWHL beyond our original four markets. We’re thankful for this partnership with the Minnesota Wild, a top NHL franchise that does so much for the development of hockey across all levels and genders.”

The format will consist of two 25-minute halves. Each team will have 12 skaters and two goaltenders. The captains of the teams will be Buffalo Beauts goaltender Amanda Leveille, an Isobel Cup champion in 2017 who played at the University of Minnesota from 2012-2016, and Boston Pride goaltender Brittany Ott, an Isobel Cup champion in 2016 who was raised in Michigan.

The hometown Minnesota Whitecaps, an independent women’s team, has accepted the league’s invitation to have two players participate in the skills competition and game.

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