The National Women’s Hockey League announced the schedule for the All-Star Festivities at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, this weekend in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb of Cranberry Township.
On Saturday, February 11, the All-Star Skills Showdown will take place, with five different events. Fastest skater competition, which includes a fastest goalie as well, hardest shot, shooting accuracy, breakaway challenge and a rapid-fire event. Following the skills competition, the players will be available for an autograph session with the fans.
On Sunday for the All-Star Game, the two teams, Team Kessel and Team Steadman, will battle through two 25 minute periods, of four-on-four hockey. An 18-minute intermission will separate the two periods. After the final horn, the players will once again be available to sign autographs with the fans.
The league will also run a girls’ hockey clinic on Saturday morning in addition to the skills competition and game. The All-Star Girls’ Hockey Clinic, presented by Dunkin Donuts, will consist of 50 U12 girls from Pittsburgh area hockey programs.
Pittsburgh Penguins President and Chief Executive Officer, David Morehouse said, “We are excited to have the National Women’s Hockey League bring its showcase event to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Women’s hockey is growing rapidly both in Pittsburgh and across the world, and this will give our fans the chance to see some of the most talented players in North America and to create new role models for aspiring players in the Pittsburgh area.”
Team Kessel will be coached by New York Riveters coach and general manager, Chad Wiseman, while Team Steadman will be led by Riveters assistant coach, Sis Paulsen.
Riveters forward, Amanda Kessel, the younger sister of Pittsburgh Penguins forward, Phil Kessel, will serve as the captain of Team Kessel. Buffalo Beauts forward, Kelley Steadman, the captain of Team Steadman is the Director of Hockey Operations for Robert Morris University, in nearby Moon, PA.
For information regarding the all-star game and tickets visit www.nwhl.zone/allstar. The full schedule and rosters are listed below.
2017 NWHL All-Star Weekend Schedule
10:45 am: The NWHL All-Star Girls Hockey Clinic, presented by Dunkin Donuts
3:00: Doors open for ticketholders
4:00: 2017 NWHL Skills Showdown, which includes:
- Fastest Skater, including a Fastest Goalie challenge
- Hardest Shot
- Shooting Accuracy
- Breakaway Challenge
- Rapid-Fire Shootout Challenge
Following Skills Showdown: Autograph session
2:00: Doors open for ticketholders
3:00: 2017 NWHL All-Star Game (two 25-minute periods with one 18-minute intermission)
Following All-Star Game: Autograph session
Team Kessel – coached by New York Riveters head coach Chad Wiseman
Goaltenders (2): Brittany Ott, Nicole Stock
Defenders (4): Kacey Bellamy, Megan Bozek, Courtney Burke, Gigi Marvin
Forwards (8): Harrison Browne, Meghan Duggan, Zoe Hickel, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Rebecca Russo, Kelli Stack, Dana Trivigno
Team Steadman – coached by Riveters Assistant Sis Paulsen
Goaltenders (2): Katie Fitzgerald, Brianne McLaughlin
Defenders (4): Blake Bolden, Kaleigh Fratkin, Emily Pfalzer, Ashley Johnston
Forwards (8): Kelly Babstock, Corinne Buie, Alex Carpenter, Shiann Darkangelo, Brianna Decker, Madison Packer, Haley Skarupa, Kelley Steadman