The PWHPA will be in Hudson, New Hampshire at Cyclones Arena on October 5th and 6th for the second stop of the ‘Dream Gap Tour’ event. On Thursday morning, the PWHPA announced the sponsors and rosters for the event.
Among the sponsors is The Women’s Hockey Tribune. We are honored to help sponsor this event, and cannot wait to provide the best coverage around that weekend. You’ll want to stick with us as we bring you coverage of the games, stories from the athletes and behind the scenes looks.
Dunkin’ Donuts will be the title sponsor of the event, which has been named the ‘Dunkin’ Women’s Hockey Showcase’. In addition to being the title sponsor, they will present the Dunkin’ Player of the Game after every match and the Dunkin’ MVP award at Sunday’s Championship game.
The company has stepped up in a major way, and not just for the event in Hudson. As per the PWHPA release, Dunkin’ has agreed to partner with the PWHPA across other future US stops of the ‘Dream Gap Tour’ and will expand their presence by sponsoring youth skills clinics and community events the day before each tournament.
Tom Manchester, Senior VP of Integrated Marketing at Dunkin’ US, is excited about this relationship. “We are thrilled to be partnering with such an empowering organization as the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association. Dunkin’ is a proud supporter of women’s hockey and we couldn’t be more excited to extend our commitment to the sport by sponsoring this tour.”
The event itself will be a four game tournament that kicks off on Saturday, October 5th. Team Flanagan will battle Team Stecklein at 2:00pm, while Team Lamoureux takes on Team Knight at 5:00pm. The winners will play in the Championship at 1:30pm on Sunday, while the losing sides play the consolation game at 11:00am.
The four teams will be captained by Kali Flanagan, Lee Stecklein, Hilary Knight and the Lamoureux sisters. In addition to the captains, a number of former Olympians will take part in the event. Kendall Coyne-Schofield, Marie-Philip Poulin, Melodie Daoust, Gigi Marvin, Megan Keller and Dani Cameranesi will all participate.
There will also be a distinct New England flare to the rosters. Local college standouts like Flanagan, Keller, Katie Burt, Makenna Newkirk, Toni Ann Miano, Hayley Scamurra and Paige Voight will all participate.
“It’s so important for young girls to have role models to look up to and this stop is the perfect opportunity for girls from my hometown to see what they can be when they grow up. We can’t wait for everyone to see what the PWHPA is made off,” said Flanagan. A native of Hudson, Flanagan was a standout at Boston College and won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2018 Olympics. She also recently became the first woman to become a coach in the USPHL.
Her father, USPHL Northern Cyclones Head Coach Bill Flanagan, will be coaching Team Flanagan. Terry Watt guides Team Stecklein, while Paul Kennedy runs team Lamoureux. Caroline Ouellette will coach Team Knight.
Tickets can be purchased at www.showpass.com/o/pwhpa-2