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Hockey’s week in review: Tinker launches mentorship program and Melody Davidson retires

Melody Davidson, who won four Olympic gold medals, is retiring after 26 years as a coach, general manager and scout with Hockey Canada. (Photo credit: iHeartRadio)

In case you missed the top news stories and happenings across women’s hockey this past week, here’s an overview of everything from each day from Jun. 29 to Jul. 3, 2020.

June 29

The Toronto Six signed forward Emma Woods, who scored 29 points in 35 games last season with Leksands IF of the SDHL. She captained the Quinnipiac Bobcats in her senior year and also played two seasons with the CWHL’s Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays.

Canadian forward MacKenzie Ebel—a recent graduate of Princeton University—signed with the PWHPA for the upcoming season. American forward Reagan Haley and Canadian forward Brianne Jenner both re-joined the PWHPA for a second year.

Metropolitan Riveters defender Saroya Tinker, who was recently selected fourth overall in the NWHL Draft, wrote an article for The Park Journal titled “Creating Space.” Tinker shares her experience as a Black woman in hockey and its impact on her mental health.

After publishing the “Policy Paper for Anti-Racism in Canadian Hockey” on Mar. 2, 2020, co-author Dr. Courtney Szto hosted the “Anti-Racism in Hockey” seminar with 231 registrants on Zoom. Audience members live-tweeted using #AntiRacistHockey.

June 30

The Buffalo Beauts re-signed defender Meg Delay for her second NWHL season, who came over from the CWHL in 2019-20. The team also signed goaltender Caty Flagg of the University of Massachusetts Boston, and forward Neve Van Pelt of Providence College.

Canadian forward Samantha Isbell has joined the PWHPA after completing her senior year at Mercyhurst University. Canadian defender Alexis Woloschuk and Canadian goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer are both returning to the PWHPA for another season.

Melody Davidson departed from Hockey Canada after winning four Olympic gold medals, five world championships and 10 Four Nations Cup gold medals. She served various roles as head coach, assistant coach, general manager and head scout.

July 1

The 2020 NWHL Draft’s second overall pick, forward Kayla Friesen, officially signed with the Connecticut Whale for 2020-21. Friesen spent three NCAA seasons with St. Cloud State University, but she transferred to Clarkson University for her senior year.

Canadian goalie Megan Buchanan—an alumna of Chatham University—signed with the PWHPA for her first season with the organization. American forward Bailey Larson and Canadian defender Laura Fortino are both returning to the PWHPA for a second year.

In a two-part episode of Social Justice in Women’s Hockey, featured on Sports Talk with Erica L. Ayala, forward Madison Packer and defender Rebecca Morse of the Metropolitan Riveters joined the show to discuss anti-racism and allyship in hockey.

July 2

The Riveters announced a trio of re-signings for next season, including forward Tatiana Shatalova, forward Brooke Avery and defender Jayne Lewis. All three players appeared in their rookie seasons in 2019-20, scoring a combined eight goals and 20 points.

WGBH featured Boston Pride defender Mallory Souliotis in an article regarding her other job as a biomedical engineer. She is currently working as a bioanalytical research associate at EMD Serono, with her work deemed essential during the global pandemic.

July 3

Following her senior year at Boston University, Canadian forward Deziray De Sousa will be joining the PWHPA for the 2020-21 season. Canadian defender Mellissa Channell and American defender Monique Lamoureux-Morando will both return to the PWHPA.

In addition to her article in The Park Journal, Tinker also launched a mentorship program for women. Her mission is “to inspire and mentor women on how to overcome struggles such as [her] own and provide a platform that is positive and educational.”

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