NWHL 2020 All-Star Weekend Comes to Boston

by NWHL Media

In celebration of the league’s five seasons, it was announced today that the 2020 NWHL All-Star Weekend will be held in Boston – one of the league’s original markets and home of some of the most dedicated fans in the game.

The weekend’s events will be held at Warrior Ice Arena, the state-of-the-art home venue of the Boston Pride. The 2020 NWHL All-Star Game – two 25-minute periods of exhilarating 4-on-4 play – is on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. The All-Star Skills Challenge which includes the Fastest Skater and Hardest Shot competitions, is on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the All-Star Game and Skills Challenge go on sale Monday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. ET at NWHL.zone/allstar

The first Eight All-Stars have been selected by Commissioner Dani Rylan and the league office. In honor of their extraordinary efforts for hockey, the following players with the league from the first NWHL season through today have been designated as 2020 NWHL All-Stars: Corinne Buie of the Buffalo Beauts; Jordan Brickner, Shannon Doyle and Elena Orlando of the Connecticut Whale; Jillian Dempsey and Kaleigh Fratkin of the Boston Pride; and Kiira Dosdall and Madison Packer of the Metropolitan Riveters.

The league has chosen Dempsey and Packer – who are 1-2 on the league’s all-time scoring list – to serve as All-Star captains. Each team will have 14 skaters and two goaltenders.

“This is our way of celebrating eight women who have earned the adulation of fans and respect of their peers for their outstanding play and efforts for our league since day one,” said Rylan. “Corinne, Elena, Jordan, Shannon, Kaleigh, Jillian, Kiira and Madison are all-stars in every way, and they have earned this moment in Boston for our landmark fifth NWHL All-Star Weekend.”

Both events will be broadcast live on Twitch (twitch.tv/nwhl) with announcers Kelly Schultz, Alexis Pearson, Erica Ayala and Sam Fryman. Further information regarding complete All-Star rosters, uniforms, and other details will be available in the coming weeks.

The All-Star celebration during the league’s fifth season is the first one in an existing NWHL market since the inaugural All-Star Game in Buffalo in 2016. Previous events were held in Pittsburgh (2017) and Minnesota (2018) and Nashville (2019).