'The best of the best.' New York's pro women's hockey team to train in Stamford
New York's unnamed team in the Professional Women's Hockey League will have its official training camp at Chelsea Piers Athletic Club in Stamford.
Chelsea Piers is the new headquarters of the yet-to-be-named New York team, which hit the ice in Stamford for the first time on Friday. For some this will be new territory, but for others playing in Connecticut will be familiar ground.
Among those taking the ice are Quinnipiac University hockey alumnae Emma Woods and Corrine Schroeder. Both are well-known in the Bobcats' record books.
“It feels a little bit like home for me. I’ve got a ton of good memories from Quinnipiac,” said Woods, a forward. “I graduated with six other girls who still remain my best friends.”
"We're part of the first group that builds something that's going to last and be available for future generations of hockey players," said Schroeder, a goaltender.
General Manager Pascal Daoust hopeful that the team will be fierce competitors in the league.
“We want to create the right habits, and we want to repeat those,” said Daoust. “The facilities, the staff, the players…we have all the ingredients to cook the best meal possible.”
“It's exciting for us players, but it should be exciting for the fans,” said Woods. “I think you've got to get out and watch and you're going to become a fan.”
The league, which features Billie Jean King on its governing board, is set to begin play with its six teams in January. The chance to make history isn’t lost on the players.
“It’s different, I’ve played against a lot of these girls in college,” said Schroeder.
“This is the best of the best. I think that's what's so exciting about what we're doing here,” said Woods.