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The Founding 4: Episode 31 feat. Olympian Randi Griffin

Mike & Erica are back with another episode of The Founding 4 Podcast! We’ve got a great episode for you, including an exclusive interview with Olympian Randi Griffin. Griffin competed for the Unified Korea Team in the 2018 Winter Olympics and will make her first splash in women’s professional hockey this fall. She is one of several International signings for Connecticut. Mike and Erica discuss the expanding diversity of women’s hockey and ways to sustain it via the NWHL. Be sure to follow...


Top Shelf Episode 31: Szabados and Starships

Hannah and Michelle talk about Shannon Szabados signing in the NWHL, break down the CWHL draft process and new rules, yell about the Sweden Olympic committee, and do a LOT of singing. Like, a lot of singing. Also, we talk about beaches. And our concerns about the Connecticut Whale.


The Founding 4 Podcast: Wick’s words, #SheIs, and MAILBAG!

Hello friends! It’s time for the latest installment of The Ice Garden’s NWHL-centric podcast hosted by Erica Ayala and Mike Murphy. On this week’s F4P Erica and Mike talked about some of the recent big signings in NWHL free agency — including Shannon Szabados going to the Beauts — in addition to discussing NWHL draft picks who have registered for the CWHL Draft and the Whitecaps’ new rink. We also weighed in a bit on Hayley Wickenheiser’s recent comments about the need for one professional...


Top Shelf Bonus Episode- Women's hockey expansion

Hannah and Michelle record a special episode of the podcast and react to Hayley Wickenheiser's comments about a potential women's hockey merger with the NHL (!!??!!) We talk about hopes and concerns and try to figure out what the heck is going on with the women's hockey landscape. Spoiler alert: there's a lot.


The Founding 4 Episode 30: Last week, tonight!

Hello women’s hockey fans: Mike & Erica chat about the latest NWHL as of last week, Buffalo’s early start and more. At the time of this recording, Katie Burt was the first and only announced Boston Pride singing. Read more about Burt’s Boston roots in Mike’s piece for The Ice Garden. We also discuss what the NWHL and CWHL need to learn from one another, including yes, #OneLeague. But, more importantly, we answer Dave’s question about Kiira Dosdall’s time with the cup. For this episode, we...


Top Shelf Episode 30- Hall of Fame Feelings

Hannah and Michelle spend a long time talking about the Hall of Fame and how they induct women's hockey players (spoiler alert, it needs to get better) and also discuss Robb Stauber's most recent appearance and new pro signings. Also, Let's Stump Hannah returns and we answer some good mailbag questions.


The Founding 4 Podcast: Time for the Peanut Butter Puffins!

Mike and Erica are wrapping up their 2017-18 season review just in time for things to start get reaaaally interesting in free agency. Kessel is back? Dani Cameranesi and Nicole Hensley are Beauts? What in the what? We’re going to have loads to talk about this offseason. This week on the Founding 4 Podcast we take a look back at the Metropolitan Riveters’ unforgettable year. We cover all the bases — from the winning streak at the beginning of the year to Ashley Johnston lifting the Isobel...


Top Shelf Episode 29- Signing Bonanza

Hannah's back! Michelle and Hannah chat the Beauts signings, KRS re-signings, and the Whale's predicament. Once again, pretend Leveille hasn't been signed. Because we didn't know about it yet.


Top Shelf Episode 28- Beers and Buffalo with guest host Erik W

Hannah was busy with her day job so Michelle called in some reinforcements! Erik Wollschlager - a Beauts broadcaster, writer, and beer expert - talked Beauts, Buffalo, and beer with Michelle. This was recorded before the Beauts went on a signing tear so just pretend you don't know any of that yet.


The Founding 4 Podcast: What's a cake eater?

After a brief hiatus, the Founding 4 Podcast is back! On this episode of the Founding 4 Podcast Erica and Mike dig into the 2017-18 Buffalo Beauts season. This week Erica and Mike are joined by NWHL Goaltender of the Year Amanda Leveille. Lev talked to us about her exceptional season, the Beauts’ amazing run, and shared a fascinating tale surrounding a soccer ball and the Isobel Cup Final in Newark, New Jersey. Please use #Founding4Pod on Twitter to send us your questions and feedback. If...


Top Shelf Episode 27- The Adventure Episode

We recorded this during the last week of May right before Free Agency started, so please enjoy this special episode of Top Shelf where Hannah and Michelle reminisce about their adventures in women's hockey. Featuring Michelle hiding food in her scarves and Hannah's phone failing her at the worst possible moment.


Top Shelf Episode 26- Stauber Mayhem

Hannah and Michelle talk about the Minnesota Whitecaps hiring the Staubers as their new head coaches and talk about what it might mean for the team. Also, thoughts on Team USA's new U18 coaches and some fun mailbag questions.


The Founding 4 Podcast: The Connecticut Whale(o) Recap!

On the 25th episode of the Founding 4 Podcast, Erica and Mike dig into the 2017-18 Connecticut Whale season. We all know where the Whale finished in the standings and how much they struggled to score goals, but there was a lot more to the story than that. How great was rookie goaltender Sydney Rossman? How good were rookie skaters Emily Fluke and Amanda Boulier? What would the Whale have looked like if Meghan Huertas didn’t go down with an injury? Why didn’t the power play work!? Erica and...


Top Shelf Episode 25- Minnesota Expansion and Mac and Cheese

Hannah and Michelle spend a whole episode talking about the NWHL's recent expansion to Minnesota. We talk about the pros and cons of expanding to the Midwest, try to figure out how the heck the NWHL is going to pay for this, and debate about whether you should eat mac and cheese with a fork or a spoon.


The Founding 4 Podcast: Whitecaps Expansion Special!

Holy smokes! The Minnesota Whitecaps joined forces with the NWHL this week! With the addition of the Whitecaps the NWHL is now a five-team league with a presence in the United States’ two biggest hockey hotbeds. Mike and Erica take a break from their team-centric recaps of the 2017-18 season (to be continued) to talk expansion news, the Minnesota market, what the Whitecaps joining the NWHL means for the world of women’s hockey, and what comes next. But that’s not all! For this week’s...


Top Shelf Episode 24- Angry Little Boulders

Hannah and Michelle welcome Alyssa Longmuir to the show to talk about #FancyStats in women's hockey! We also talk about Australian hockey, the lack of advanced stats in women's hockey, Alyssa's love of marsupials, Nathan Walker's lone personality trait, and much more.


The Founding 4 Podcast: To infinity, and cackalacky!

This week on the Founding 4 Podcast Mike and Erica break down the Boston Pride’s 2017-18 season. Ohhhhh there was so much to talk about concerning the Pride and all the changes the team went through during the 2017 offseason. The Pride’s national team players and household names like Blake Bolden and Alex Carpenter left the team and were replaced by coveted free agents from the NWHL’s other three teams including Dana Trivigno, Janine Weber, and Paige Harrington. We examined Boston’s slow...


Top Shelf Episode 23- Picking Favorites

Hannah and Michelle take a look back at some of the highlights from the 2017-18 CWHL season. We talk about China's first year in the CW, Markham's move, Montreal's not-really-struggles, and more. We also pick our favorite players from each CWHL team and talk about the SheIS campaign and Digit Murphy's departure.


The Founding 4: Episode 23 ... again

Hey all: After fixing some technical difficulties, we're back with our All-NWHL Team episode. Mike and I give you our first an second team All-NWHL and All-Rookie. We also list some under-the-radar players to keep an eye on for Season 4. Did Erica and Mike agree on all of their picks? Did HAIM get mentioned again? Do you have to listen to this show because we came up with several goofy nicknames for players? Friends, there is only one way to find out. As always, we thank you for supporting...


Top Shelf Episode 22- BB!Worlds and Phoenix P.F. Changs

(CW: Mentions of a coach's emotional/physical abuse from 32:25-33:40) Welcome back to another episode of Top Shelf! Hannah and Michelle talk about the recent world championships and how China performed in their first major international tournament since revamping their program. We fall down another Bulgaria rabbit hole, Hannah embarrasses herself, and we discover another women's hockey league with some pretty incredible team names.