Our Whale are moving into the second half of their fifth season in what we have called the New Ice Age. We see this as the Age of Professional Women’s Hockey, as conceived and presented and nurtured by Dani Rylan in the form of the NWHL. And just as geological ice ages change the landscape of our planet, the New Ice Age of Hockey is changing the landscape of the sport we love. In fact, sport itself. The continued rise of women’s hockey has begun to flow like a glacier, slowly but inexorably, unstoppable, inevitable, an overdue reckoning. A large part of bringing this change to hockey and sports is in the knocking down of barriers of exclusion. And once that bell has been rung, it cannot be un-rung. Our human culture is being reformed by similar events in other sports and in other areas of society. The effects. of Ice ages do not come and go, they are multi millennium events. Once begun, they last forever, in human terms. So will women’s hockey.
If you need another example to nudge you in the direction the cosmos are pointing, try this. Thousands of young girls, our Future Draft Picks, will be skating this winter on frozen ponds and lakes, all of yhem part of hockey’s New Ice Age. And those frozen lakes and ponds were carved out by the massive glaciation that occurred in the previous Ice Age during the Pleistocene Era a couple of million years ago. And we now believe, that some 14,000 years ago, the first humans began to appear in North America. It is not hard to imagine, that at some point while crossing a frozen stretch of water, one of those early humans may have kicked at a chunk of ice and watched it skitter across the frozen surface. What wonder did she experience, watching that, and how much of that moment was imprinted on her DNA. We will never know for sure, but we are glad we inherited that from her. And it keeps us returning to frozen surfaces in greater numbers each year, to watch pucks skitter and blades flash.
Cetacean Nation has noted the importance of our little Future Draft Picks on numerous occasions. The NWHL and the players have done an amazing job of encouraging. emboldening and empowering them by their acknowledgement and interaction. It is unique in its scope and scale in the annals of sport. So when thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, Cetacean Nation came up with a pretty good one. This winter, make it a point to attend a local girl’s high school or women’s college hockey game. They are not hard to find.These venues are where our little Future Draft picks play before they can perhaps reach the NWHL. Fourth grade girls have had the NWHL as a reality, and the players as role models, since Kindergarten. This year’s class of graduating college and high school seniors will already be the second to have had the NWHL their entire four years at their institutions. Women’s hockey is not just a phenomenon, it is part of of our culture. And like any cultural entity in any society, it deserves to be supported and nurtured. So among your resolutions to see more Whale games, purchase more Whale gear, and talk more Whale talk in 2020, add taking in some high school or college hockey to the list as well.
Final Note: Vote!!!! Today is the last day to vote to send more Whale shippin’ up to Boston for the All-Star game. Whichever member of our Amazings you choose to support, remember that our Captain #6 Shannon Doyle, and Assistant Captains #14 Elena Orlando and #26 Jordan Brickner have already been named as All-Stars, and therefore don’t need our votes. So, cast you ballots for any of our other 17 players and punch their ticket to Boston. Voting closes at 5:00 PM EST today (January 7th) so don’t hesitate. You can cast your ballots here:nwhl.zone/allstar-vote