The Canadian Women's Hockey League is planning to add a second franchise in the United States, and many U.S. officials think that could go a long way toward ending the Americans' gold medal drought.
Courtney Kennedy was one of Minnesota's greatest players, but the Boston College associate coach is aiming to spoil the powerhouse Golden Gophers' perfect season in the Frozen Four.
Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel give Minnesota a potent scoring punch, teaming up for a combined 166 points and helping the Gophers to an undefeated, untied regular season.
Hugh McCutcheon went from coaching Team USA to a silver medal in London to Minnesota in a blink of an eye. He is now getting to know his newest students, the 12th-ranked Golden Gophers.
Goalie Noora Raty has stopped nearly everything in her path in leading Minnesota to its second Frozen Four in the past three seasons. Her skills will be tested by high-scoring Cornell in the semifinals Friday night.
Here are five things to watch heading into the start of the NCAA women's hockey tournament.
With two sons helping, head coach Bill Fennelly brings a down-home approach to Iowa State, and that resonates with the Cyclones' Midwestern fans.
Charismatic, energetic and at times a tempest on the sideline, the fiery -- and well-dressed -- coach has educated fans, filled seats and transformed Baylor into a national power.
In 2009, Florida State lost in a regional final. This time around, the Noles were poised instead of panicked when the match got close. The result: a spot in the semifinals.
Will it end up being USC versus UCLA for the title? Or will Florida State and Illinois break up the California flavor in the national semifinals?
Upstart Florida State joins Pac-12 rivals USC and UCLA and Illinois represents the Big Ten when action starts Thursday in San Antonio.
In a tournament full of twists, the 12th-seeded Seminoles ousted No. 4 seed Iowa State and will face another surprise winner, UCLA, in the semifinals.
Purdue was the Big Ten's hottest team heading into the postseason, but the Boilermakers couldn't top FSU to reach the regional final.
The ESPN analyst, beach volleyball star and former national champion shares her thoughts heading into the regionals.
The Honolulu region has a monster matchup and the Big Ten is making noise as the Sweet 16 teams begin to scrap for semifinal spots.
Growing up in a volleyball family, she never backed down from a challenge. That mindset has helped her make an impact on the nation's No. 2 team.