BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Aug. 21, 2018 – Building upon a successful first season and with a shared commitment to grow the game, the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and GoodWood Hockey today announced a renewed partnership for the 2018-19 campaign. Now in its second year, the agreement includes a naming rights sponsorship for the league's weekly and monthly awards, to be called the "WCHA Women's League Player(s) of the Week/Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey," along with additional promotional support around the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff.
Family owned and operated in Saint Paul, Minn., GoodWood Hockey (GWH) is focused on providing unique, high-quality, socially-responsible apparel for players, fans and anyone with a love of the game. The only hockey-inspired clothing company that specializes in items for the entire family, GWH provides excellent products backed by exceptional customer service.
"Last season, the weekly and monthly accomplishments of WCHA student-athletes became synonymous with the tremendous quality of the GoodWood Hockey brand. We are thrilled to once again partner with Kelly [O'Donnell Meza] and her team to provide the recognition our players richly deserve, while also continuing to bring GWH apparel to the WCHA family," said WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner Katie Million. "As the WCHA enters its 20th Anniversary season, these relationships will help our mutual goal of empowering the next generation of leaders and champions."
Each student-athlete who earns accolades as a WCHA Women's League Player of the Week/Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, during the 2018-19 season will receive a customized plaque, along with a custom-designed item of apparel by GWH.
"Supporting women's hockey, and the mission of growing the game, is a top initiative for GoodWood Hockey. This continued partnership with the Women's League of the WCHA gives us a tremendous platform to encourage and recognize these incredible athletes," said Kelly O'Donnell Meza, co-founder and co-owner of GoodWood Hockey. "We look forward to the continued success of this partnership, working together toward supporting the incredible growth of women's hockey. We appreciate the opportunity to celebrate the impressive accomplishments of these WCHA student-athletes."
Following each full week of competition during the 2018-19 regular season and extending through the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff, the Women's League will recognize its WCHA Forward, Defenseman, Goaltender and Rookie of the Week, respectively, Powered by GoodWood Hockey. After each month (September/October through March), the Women's League will honor the same four categories in its WCHA Players of the Month, Powered by GoodWood Hockey.
About GoodWood Hockey
Family owned and operated in Saint Paul, Minn., GoodWood Hockey is focused on providing unique, high quality, socially-responsible apparel to the growing hockey community. The only hockey-inspired clothing company that specializes in items for the entire family, GoodWood Hockey aims to become a household name in homes across North America through providing excellent products backed by exceptional customer service. Through their philanthropic division, GWH: Hockey for Good, the brand aims to provide support and solutions to global issues through a variety of charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.goodwoodhockey.com.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will celebrate 20 Years of Excellence during the 2018-19 season. WCHA member institutions have won a record 16 national championships in 19 years since the league's inception in 1999 (including 15 of a possible 18 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Award winners, 98 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team NCAA Division 1 conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit www.wcha.com.