Glad to see this weekly column is back. It is always well done. Seems a lot of people have eyes on Maine this year. Maine will be expected to earn two wins vs Sacred Heart this weekend, and if they get those wins I think a lot of people will be paying attention to Maine vs Northeastern next weekend.
Re: post Olympic growth discussion, positives Iíve noticed is The Ice Garden starting to cover college more. There appears to be a fan base that was NWHL focused that is now following college too. As far as the Whitecaps, itís interesting how a team thatís been around 14 years, gets that pro/ semi-pro label and all of a sudden they can sell out a rink, and Iím sure some of that is post Olympic bump. I hope they can sustain the interest; It looked like a fantastic atmosphere.
With the 4 Nations coming up, a real test of if thereís been a bump in interest in womenís hockey will be the coverage of that event. Please correct me if Iím wrong, but last year I think it was streamed on Hockey TV and the closest thing to mainstream coverage was the Tampa Bay Lightning Twitter handle live tweeting. I really hope we can watch some of it on tv this year.