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Top Shelf Episode 63: We Are The Champions

Hannah and Michelle recap the three championships in North America. We discuss Annie Pankowski's dominance with Wisconsin, wonder why the heck Marie-Philip Poulin dressed for the Clarkson Cup, and marvel at the Whitecaps victory in their first NWHL season.


Top Shelf Episode 62: One World, #NoLeague

Hannah and Michelle talk about the chaos around the CWHL folding and try to make sense of it all (with mixed results). They also preview Worlds and discuss which teams and players they're most excited to watch.


Founding 4 Podcast Episode 64: Goodbye for now, but not for good!

Mike & Erica are together again on The Ice Garden Podcast Network one last time. We open the show honoring the 2019 Isobel Cup Champions and then debate the 2019 NWHL Awards. Hear our thoughts about everything from the Foundation Awards to MVP. We also offer our MVP and underrated player for each of the five NWHL teams. The talent in the league this season was AMAZING and we weren't going to sign-off with out giving a few extra stick taps. Finally, we say our goodbyes (for now)! Mike is...


Founding 4 Podcast: The Isobel Cup belongs to Minnesota!

Mike & Erica are back again to recap the final weekend in the 2018-19 NWHL season. We hear from Madison Packer about the heartbreak of the Riveters season and questionable officiating throughout the season. Next, hear from Jack Brodt, Winny Brodt Brown, and Brooke White-Lancette after hoisting the Isobel Cup on home ice. We close out this episode with listener questions regarding awards names, parades, and offer an announcement about the show moving forward. Every like, listen, subscription,...


Top Shelf Episode 61: Gabs the Symbol of Peace

Michelle and Hannah have Gabs Fundaro on the podcast this week. Gabs is The Ice Garden’s NCAA writer and also covers the NCAA at her own site, At Even Strength. We cover the full range of college hockey topics — from how the tournament is playing out to our Patty Kazmaier thoughts to how we would decide which players to recruit if we were coaches.


Founding 4 Podcast Episode 62, Part II: The Show that Never Ends!

Here we go with PART TWO! We discuss NWHL Awards, the semifinal that wasn't, and what it takes to participate in women's hockey. Every like, listen, subscription, comment, and review helps us broaden our reach. Please remember to spread the word about the show and don’t forget to reach out to us here or in the comments section! We appreciate you! Stick taps, Erica & Mike PATREON: Did you know that we have our own Twitter handle now? We do! @Founding4Pod....


Founding 4 Podcast Episode 62: The Show that Never Ends, Part I

Hello NWHL Fans: We have a show so packed, we stopped for snacks! Listen to Part I of The Show that Never Ends. We discuss the final week of the regular season, the WILD play-in game, and drop in interviews with Katie Fitzgerald and Katerina Mrazova. Every like, listen, subscription, comment, and review helps us broaden our reach. Please remember to spread the word about the show and don’t forget to reach out to us here or in the comments section! We appreciate you! Stick taps, Erica & Mike...


Top Shelf Episode 60: Championship SZN

Hannah and Michelle look back at what predictions they got wrong (many) and right (some). There's an intense discussion about how to improve the NCAA championship setup and we also talk about what you do when one of your playoff teams gets stranded in New York because of unexpected weather.(Minnesota nice? More like Minnesota ICE)


TopShelf Episode 59: Playoff Predicitions

Michelle and Hannah chat about NWHL and CWHL playoffs! They make predictions, get confused, and Michelle can't stop thinking about a sweater she wants. This was recorded before the NWHL play-in game so we did not yet know if we would be right or wrong. Just mentally go back in time and pretend its Tuesday night with us.


Founding 4 Podcast Extras: NWHL veteran Kiira Dosdall knows how to beat Buffalo!

Metropolitan Riveters alternate captain Kiira Dosdall knows a thing or two about beating Buffalo. She picked up an assist in a 4-3 OT shooutout win against the Buffalo Beauts on Sunday to secure home ice for her one and only NWHL team. For Dosdall, the win seemed a bit familiar. We talked with Dosdall before Tuesday practice about a similar 4-3 shoot out win over Buffalo, and the road ahead to defend her 2018 Isobel Cup Championship (secured in a 1-0 victory over ... you guessed it, Buffalo).


Founding 4 Pod Episode 61: Get Thwacked

We’ve got scoops! We’ve got news! We’ve got the penultimate week of the 2018-19 season to break down! It’s time for the latest episode of your favorite NWHL-centric podcast, the Founding 4 Podcast with Erica Ayala and Mike Murphy! This week on the show we discuss Katie Fitzgerald’s solid performance in the Riveters’ 4-1 loss to the Beauts last Saturday and discuss why she needs to be the team’s starter moving forward. The other game from last weekend was even more thought-provoking than the...


Top Shelf Episode 58: Playoffs and Parity

Hannah and Michelle talk about the end of the regular season, discuss some playoff scenarios (real and hypothetical) and answer some excellent mailbag questions. Michelle sings and Hannah's cat continues to cause shenanigans.


Founding 4 Podcast Episode 60: The Newark Massacre!

Oh dear, here we go. On this week of the Founding 4 Podcast our co-hosts Erica Ayala and Mike Murphy discuss the Boston Pride’s 8-1 mauling of the Metropolitan Riveters in Newark. We discuss Mary Parker’s Veda Player of the Week performance, Gigi Marvin’s big game, and Kaleigh Fratkin’s four assist offensive outburst. But that’s not all... Our co-hosts also talk about Jillian Dempsey scoring her way into the record books, some of the many things that are currently ailing the Riveters,...


Top Shelf Episode 57: The Rivalry

Top Shelf Episode 57: The Rivalry by Erica Ayala, Hannah Bevis, Mike Murphy, and Michelle Jay


Founding 4 Podcast Episode 59: Nashville swept away by women’s hockey!

It’s time for another episode of your favorite NWHL-centric weekly podcast! This week on the Founding 4 Podcast, Erica and Mike talk about the NWHL All-Star Skills Competition and, of course, the 2019 NWHL All-Star Game itself. How did we do with our Skills Competition predictions? Who do we think should have really won the MVP for the All-Star Game? To find out, you’ll have to listen to this week’s! The co-hosts also discuss how important representation is in hockey and, as always, put a...


Top Shelf Episode 56: Marketing women's hockey

Hannah and Michelle talk about what's working (and what's not) when it comes to marketing women's hockey. Highlights include: All-Star games, Wisconsin's Fill The Bowl, media, in-game signage, sports information departments and much more.


Founding 4 Podcast Episode 58: The NWHL takes on #Smashville

This week on the Founding 4 Podcast Mike and Erica help set the stage for the 2019 NWHL All-Star Game and the Skills Competition in the Music City! Who do we think will come away as the winners for the Fastest Skater, the Hardest Shot, and the other skillful showdowns? You’ll have to listen in to find out! On this week’s show we also recap last weekend’s NWHL regular season action. We saw the Pride add a player before facing off against a familiar face who tended goal for the Whale and we...


Top Shelf Episode 55: It’s NWHL All-Star weekend!

Michelle and Hannah take a look at the NWHL All-Star weekend! We chat about the past events, this year’s snubs, and what we think Nashville means for the future of the NWHL.


Top Shelf Episode 54: Kendall Coyne, the NHL and women's hockey

Hannah and Michelle talk about the NHL and its relationship from women's hockey. We cover the history of partnerships between NHL teams and women's hockey clubs, the 2019 NHL Skills Competition, Kendall Coyne, #PayDecker, and much, much more. Michelle really loves penguins and Hannah's cat Gigi is very noisy.


Founding 4 Podcast: Yesterday's news, next week!

It’s cold up here in the Northeast, but that hasn’t stopped us from bringing you your favorite NWHL-centric podcast this week. On this week’s show, Mike and Erica discuss a wide range of topics including a couple of NWHL stars shining bright at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in San Jose, a roster move made by the Boston Pride, some roster moves that could (and probably should) be coming for the Connecticut Whale and Buffalo Beauts. Some of this news has already been officially reported,...