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The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. Listen to players chat about the latest news, biggest games, and history of the women's pro league.

In 2015, the National Women’s Hockey League brought the first professional women’s hockey league to the United States. The NWHL started with four founding teams: Boston Pride, Connecticut Whale, Buffalo Beauts, and the New York Riveters.
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Ever wonder what the NWHL actually is?What is this Isobel Cup people speak of and what happened to its handles?Erica L. Ayala is joined by writer Anne Tokarski to discuss all this and much more!Follow Anne on Twitter @annetokarskiFollow the show on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala Podcast Network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Join Sports Talk ELA on PatreonShow Timestamps3:48 - Honoring MLK, Willie O'Ree and more!5:17 - Isobel Cup Semifinals predictions*** NEWS ON EBUG & PRACTICE PLAYERS ***13:42 - So you're saying the Connecticut Whale have a chance?!20:03 - Players to Watch*** Making WoHo Accessible ***26:48 - 10 Defining Moments in 2019-2020 NWHL Season35:32 - "Keep an eye on the NCAA"38:05 - Making the case for NWHL snow globes - Part II RecapMusic Credit:Wallflowers & Joy Ride by Bad Snacks★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Ever wonder what the NWHL actually is?What is this Isobel Cup people speak of and what happened to its handles?Erica L. Ayala is joined by writer Anne Tokarski to discuss all this and much more!Follow Anne on Twitter @annetokarskiFollow the show on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala Podcast Network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Join Sports Talk ELA on PatreonShow Timestamps3:48 - NWHL 101 Challenge6:18 - The Isobel Cup Handles 8:10 - Rebecca Russo Cameo - Watch video here*** Isobel Cup Final on Twitch Tease ***11:16 - All About Anne13:10 - Access to WoHo Stats (FOLLOW HER HOCKEY COUNTS)15:15 - Looking ahead to the #NDubble18:11 - New NWHL Commissioner Ty Tumminia*** Join Me on Patreon ***25:15 - Where the money reside28:15  - NWHL on NBC Sports33:35 - Part I Recap36:41 - Reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Music Credit:Wallflowers & Joy Ride by Bad Snacks★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
New Year, new season means a new sit-down with NWHLPA executive director Anya Packer! Anya takes the NWHL 101 Challenge, discusses all things #NDubble, and hints at some things to come in 2021 and beyond. Baby Waylon also joins the show for the first time!Show Timestamps NWHL 101 Challenge NDubble Updates NDubble Fan Experience NDubble Media Access Baby Waylon's 1st F4P appearance Anya's Top 10 moments in 2020 Anya's White Board: 2021 Edition More Analytics?! Follow Anya on Twitter @battaglinoaFollow the show on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Sports Talk ELA on Patreon★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Sonjia Shelly will return for a second NWHL season with a new team. Shelly is going from swimming with #ThePod to Repping The Rivs. Follow Sonjia on Twitter @Shellygoalie413Follow the show on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Other links:Sports Talk ELA PatreonBuy a Sonjia Shelly shirsey or jerseyWatch this interview on Sports Talk ELA YouTube★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Erica L. Ayala chats with Providence alumna and Buffalo Beauts rookie defender Whitney Dove. The two chat about why she wears #77, deciding to play in the NWHL, and more. Follow Whitney on Twitter @WhitneyDove_07Follow the show on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica l. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Other links:Sports Talk ELA PatreonBuy your Whitney Dove shirsey Watch this interview on Sports Talk ELA YouTube★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
The Founding 4 Podcast is a weekly women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala.  Follow the show @Founding4Pod Follow Erica L Ayala @elindsay08 Support the Sports Talk ELA podcast network on Patreon Show Notes:Here are some helpful timestamps and links to help you follow along with the show. 0:00 - Intro0:29 - Ty's hockey origin story4:10 - Ty on the potential of women's hockey7:20 - Ty on the Board of Governors model9:30 - Competitive edge for teams (Boston Pride & Toronto Six) with private ownership?11:32 - NWHL x COVID-1914:38 - Digit Murphy quarantines, lol15:53 - Impact of COVID on new Toronto team17:32 - Ty's first 90-100 Days, White Board list20:04 - Interest from potential owners?21:14 - Lessons learned from other sports leagues about playing during a pandemic22:25 - Ty on MLB, 2020 World Series26:54 - Ty's message to fansAdditional resources:  PWHPA gets a boost from Secret Deodorant Massachusetts shuts down ice rinks ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
The Founding 4 Podcast Season 4 officially kicks off with Anya Packer, executive director of the NWHLPA. Anya breaks down the new structure, NWHL founder Dani Rylan's new role, and much more. Show Notes:Here are some helpful timestamps and links to help you follow along with the show. 0:00 - Intro2:16 - Anya on Baby Waylon4:50 - Anya on latest NWHL announcement and what it means for the league, Dani Rylan10:17 - Learn how you can help support the Founding 4 Podcast12:09 - Anya on her top three goals for the PA and if/how the structural shift impacts her work15:13 - Breaking down the relationship between the PA and the governing board20:10 - What will happen to the 50/50 revenue split negotiated last season?22:52 - Will the PA be looking into licensing deals under the new structure?26:38 - Learn more about the WNBPA deal with Breaking T in Lindsay Gibbs latest Power Plays newsletter29:10 - Anya biggest takeaway from the new NWHL structure34:25 - MOST PRESSING QUESTION: Will the new NWHL jerseys bring back the country flag patches?39:15 - So, you're saying there's still a chance for Black Rosie?!43:09 - Anya promises there will be more Way-Way baby drip content44:53 - Outro Additional resources:  Anya at 2020 NWHL All-Star Weekend talking about the potential to unionize New Governance structure recap by The New York Times and The Ice Garden  Here is Anya on a previous episode talking about if the NWHLPA is considering becoming a union★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Host Erica L. Ayala sat down with former board member Liz Knox and current board member Sarah Nurse to discuss the timing of the statement, Liz stepping down from the board, if Sarah feels this is a hollow "diversity hire", and much more. Read the full statement here:https://pwhpa.com/our-statement-on-diversity-and-inclusiveness-in-hockey/ Read Emily Kaplan's story on the PWHPA announcement here: https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29794679/women-hockey-players-association-adds-sarah-nurse-board-fix-blind-spot Watch Liz Knox on an earlier episode of Social Justice in Women's Hockey:https://youtu.be/lOHjLuYvPbY★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
The final installment of #TheOriginalEight series features Riveters captain Madison Packer. The Wisconsin alumna discusses her decision to re-sign for her sixth NWHL season, her love of writing and guacamole, and what the next five years might look like for her. Here are a few links to referenced in the episode: The Packer's First Dance Read Madison's writing at Hockey Wilderness The Kyle Pavone Foundation Follow Madison Packer on Twitter: @madison_packer_                                                                      Follow The Founding 4 Podcast on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08 Music: Wallflowers & Caverns by Bad SnacksPhoto Credit: NWHL                                                                                                    ***The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a slice of NYC pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Connecticut Whale defender Jordan Brickner is the featured guest for the seventh installment of The Original Eight series. Brickner moved to Connecticut from Chicago for what she thought would be one season in the National Women's Hockey League. Today, she is one of eight players to suit up for all five seasons of the league. Unfortunately, Brickner suffered an injury in December that cut her fifth season short. However, we spoke to her earlier this month and she seems to be in good spirits about the future of the Connecticut Whale. Follow Jordan Brickner Gragnano on Twitter: @JustJordan26                                                                        Follow The Founding 4 Podcast on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08 Music: Wallflowers & Caverns by Bad SnacksPhoto Credit: Matthew Raney                                                                                                    ***The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a slice of NYC pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
The sixth episode of The Original Eight Series. This series features one-on-one interview with the eight players who've been with the NWHL since the inaugural season. Kaleigh Fratkin began her NWHL journey in Connecticut. At the time, the Vancouver-native turned Boston-area standout decided to get a fresh perspective. Along with her college teammate Anya Battaglino, she signed with the Connecticut Whale. After a rocky season, Fratkin was once again ready for a change of scenery. Enter Riveters head coach and general manager Chad Wiseman with the opportunity to reroute the Riveters franchise for Season 2. Hear Fratkin tell the story of signing with her third and (likely) final NWHL team, what she makes of the only two NWHL OGs she hasn't played with, and what the future holds for her in the NWHL and beyond. Here are some additional links referenced in the chat with Fratty:NWHL Open Ice: Anya Packer reveals Fratty is the mastermind behind her style. Fratkin, Anya and other chat with Deadspin about the Season 2 salary cuts. Fratkin finds a home in Boston. Follow Kaleigh Fratkin on Twitter: @fratkin13                                                                               Follow The Founding 4 Podcast on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08 Music: Wallflowers by Bad SnacksPhoto Credit: Michelle Jay                                                                                                     ***The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a slice of NYC pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal. Photo: Michelle Jay★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
We're still waiting to drop the puck for the 2020 Isobel Cup Final, but that hasn't stopped teams from re-signing players for season six. Host Erica L. Ayala recaps the most recent signings and other NWHL news (Note: Beauts forward Taylor Accursi re-signed after this episode was recorded). Erica is later joined by Connecticut Whale general manager Bray Ketchum Peel. Bray's first day on the job was the day the #ForTheGame movement began. She navigated those early challenges and put together a team with lots of grit. Ketchum Peel discusses the bright spots & challenges of the 2019-20 season and her top priorities for Season 6. Listeners will also get a clip of my interview with women's hockey pioneer Digit Murphy. The full 60-minute interview is available for patrons of Sports Talk with ELA.                                                                                                 ***The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women's sports. Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a slice of NYC pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal.   Follow Bray Ketchum on Twitter @bdk27Follow The Founding 4 Podcast on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08 Music:Caverns & New York by Bad Snacks★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
The Original Eight Series features one-on-one interview with the eight players who've played in the NWHL since the inaugural season. This episode features Connecticut Whale defender and alternate captain Elena Orlando. Elena Orlando started her NWHL career in Brooklyn with the New York Riveters, but is no stranger to the Nutmeg State. Orlando played hockey and rugby at Quinnipiac University. She played one season in Sweden before joining the Riveters for the 2015-16 season. In addition to being an NWHL veteran, Orlando is a nurse and youth hockey coach. Lando reunited with Riveters teammate and All-Star captain Madison Packer during the 2020 NWHL All-Star Weekend. In 2017, she was honored with the NWHL Foundation Award, given to one player from each team who most actively applying the core values of hockey to her community as well as growing and improving hockey culture. #NWHLxWISS present NURSE AND ORIGINAL NWHLER ELENA ORLANDO WATCH Orlando join @GamerDoc on NWHL Open Ice THIS or THAT with Elena Orlando As always, thank you for your support! This Patreon platform is growing and I'm excited for what the future holds! Photo Credit: Erica L. AyalaFollow Elena Orlando on Twitter: @e_orlando14                                                                              Follow The Founding 4 Podcast on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08 Music: Caverns by Bad Snacks                                                                                                  ***The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a slice of NYC pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Here is the fourth episode of The Original Eight Series. This series will feature one-on-one interview with the eight players who've been with the NWHL since the inaugural season. Jillian Dempsey hoisted the inaugural Isobel Cup as a member of the 2015-16 Boston Pride. Prior to her five season in the NWHL, Dempsey played for the Boston Blades and the Harvard women's hockey team. Dempsey discusses being able to work and play close to her hometown, her laser sharp hockey memory (unlike Kiira Dosdall-Arena, lol), and what she hopes for the NWHL in the coming years. Dempsey and the Pride finished the season 23-1-0 and were set to host the 2020 Isobel Cup Final on March 13 at Warrior Ice Arena before the league postponed the game due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Dempsey and the Pride will take on the Minnesota Whitecaps for the 2020 Isobel Cup Championship once the league resumes play. As always, thank you for your support! This Patreon platform is growing and I'm excited for what the future holds! Photo Credit: Michelle JayFollow Jillian Dempsey on Twitter: @JillianTDempsey                                                                                   Follow The Founding 4 Podcast on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08 Music: Caverns & Wallflowers by Bad Snacks                                                           ***The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a slice of NYC pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal.   ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Greetings!Here is the third episode of The Original Eight Series featuring two-time Isobel Cup champion & Buffalo Beauts captain.  We discuss what it takes to win an Isobel Cup, why Buie considers Buffalo her new home, and if she'd consider joining the Founding 4 Pod after finishing her most recent off-ice adventure. As always, thank you for your support! This Patreon platform is growing and I'm excited for what the future holds! Next up in this series in Jillian Dempsey of the Boston Pride. Photo Credit: Michael Hetzel/NWHL★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Erica starts the show reading the announcement about the postponed NWHL Final and the cancellation of the 2020 IIHF Women's World Championship. You will hear from Hockey Canada officials and media members (11:55) from a conference call held Saturday, March 7th. Coronavirus continues to be a health concern worldwide and has impacted women's hockey. Fans also get a recap of the Isobel Cup Finals and a great interview (39:42) with Boston Pride defender Mallory Souliotis.                                                                                       ***The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a slice of NYC pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal.   Follow Mallory Souliotis on Twitter @yourpalMAL9Follow The Founding 4 Podcast on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08 Music:Caverns & Wallflowers by Bad Snacks★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Greetings Patrons!Here is the second episode of The Original Eight Series. This series will feature one-on-one interview with the eight players who've been with the NWHL since the inaugural season. The second episode features Whale defender Shannon Doyle. Doyle is a founding member of the Connecticut Whale franchise of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). Doyle has made Connecticut her home, much to the delight of #ThePod fans. As always, thank you for your support! This Patreon platform is growing and I'm excited for what the future holds! Next up in this series in Shannon Doyle of the Connecticut Whale. Photo: Bryan Johnson/NWHLEnjoy, ELA★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
The standings are set! The NWHL Playoffs begin tonight. The Beauts host the Whale for the play-in game, and the winner ships up to Boston for the semifinals. We also have season award winners, Erica reveals her ballot.                                                      ***The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports. Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a slice of NYC pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal.   Follow The Founding 4 Podcast on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08 Music:Caverns by Bad Snacks★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Greetings Patrons!Delighted to bring you the first episode of The Original Eight Series. This series will feature one-on-one interview with the eight players who've been with the NWHL since the inaugural season. Our first episode will feature Riveters defender Kiira Dosdall-Arena. Dosdall-Arena is a founding member of the Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). We had a chat in December about her fondest memories of her career with the Riveters. She also looks ahead to the next five years of the league, and what role she hopes to play in the future of the game. As always, thank you for your support! This Patreon platform is growing and I'm excited for what the future holds! Next up in this series in Shannon Doyle of the Connecticut Whale. Enjoy, ELA★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Blake Bolden is one of the women prominently featured in the Black Hockey History mobile museum making its way to NHL markets in the 2019-20 season. She won a Clarkson Cup with the Boston Blades of the CWHL and the inaugural Isobel Cup with the Boston Pride (NWHL). Today, she is making history as part of the PWHPA and as a AHL scout in the Los Angeles Kings organization. On this episode, Blake breaks down what she does as a scout, offers her impressions of the Black Hockey History truck, and offers insight on conversations on racism and microaggressions in Women’s Hockey. I may be biased, but Blake Bolden is always a must-listen! Here are some links  Catch Blake hit the ice for the PWHPA Dream Gap tour in Philly/New Jersey February 29 & March 1 Blake chats with Kathryn Tappen during LA Kings game Bolden & Willie O’Ree inspire students at Anaheim School Wyclef Jean invites Bolden & others to dinner to chat about hockey and more.  Follow Blake Bolden on Twitter/Insta: @SportBlakeFollow the show on Twitter @Founding4PodFollow Erica L. Ayala on Twitter @elindsay08The Founding 4 Podcast is an independent women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala podcast network.Sports Talk with ELA is sponsor by our Patreon community. For the cost of a NYC slice of pizza a month, you help bring more coverage to women in and around sports. Join the Patreon Posse TODAY!Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports.Music: "Wallflowers" by Bad Snacks★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
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