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The Minnesota Whitecaps Win the Isobel Cup

Today the Minnesota Whitecaps defeated the Buffalo Beauts in a 2-1 overtime thriller. The game-winning goal was scored 49 seconds into overtime by Lee Stecklein. This is the franchise first championship.

The Isobel Cup is the trophy given to the team that wins the playoff championship in the National Women’s Hockey League. The trophy is named after the daughter of Lord Stanley (Stanley Cup name origin), Isobel Gathorne-Hardy. She became one of the first women to play the sport.

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The Whitecaps joined the NWHL as an expansion team for the 2018–19 season In their inaugural season, the Whitecaps finished as the first seed and regular season champions. Minnesota’s No.1 seed gave them the right to host the semifinal and championship at the TRIA rink (Minnesota Wild practice facility).

This season they sold out all ten games they’ve played at TRIA rink. The brand new club had one of the most impressive inaugural seasons we have seen. The team is run by coach and general manager, Jack Brodt.

The most popular player on the team is Kendall Coyne Schofield. Schofield,26, got famous in the hockey world when she participated in the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills fastest-skater challenge. She became the first women to compete in an NHL All-Stars Skills competition.

Today Minnesota and women’s hockey made history. Winning the Isobel Cup with an overtime thriller couldn’t be any better. Stay tuned for more hockey news.

 

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