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The Founding 4 Podcast is a women's hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala and Angelica Rodriguez. Listen to players chat about the latest news, biggest games, and history of the women's pro league.

In 2015, the National Women’s Hockey League brought the first professional women’s hockey league to the United States. The NWHL started with four founding teams: Boston Pride, Connecticut Whale, Buffalo Beauts, and the New York Riveters.

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The Founding 4 Podcast is a women's hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala and Angelica Rodriguez. Listen to players chat about the latest news, biggest games, and history of the women's pro league.

In 2015, the National Women’s Hockey League brought the first professional women’s hockey league to the United States. The NWHL started with four founding teams: Boston Pride, Connecticut Whale, Buffalo Beauts, and the New York Riveters.

    1v1 with Goaltender Corinne Schroeder

    1v1 with Goaltender Corinne Schroeder

    In 2024, Corinne Schroeder was inducted into the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame. The former Boston University goaltender led the Terriers to three straight Beanpot title games, including the 2019 Beanpot championship. She went 3-1-2 in six Beanpot starts and stopped 61 of 66 shots en route to the 2019 title. Schroeder is BU’s all-time leader in career goals-against average and save percentage.
     
    Schroeder plays for New York in the PWHL, where she recently made history with a 29-save shutout in the team's inaugural game. Host Erica L. Ayala spoke to PWHL New York goaltender Corinne Schroeder before the induction ceremony on January 23, 2024.
    Postscript: Sadly, Schroeder was unable to attend the event. Northeastern defeated BU 2-1 in overtime to win the first-ever Women's Beanpot Championship at TD Garden. 
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    • 5 min
    Twitter Spaces Deep Dive: What Happened at Harvard?

    Twitter Spaces Deep Dive: What Happened at Harvard?

    This episode was initially recorded on Twitter Spaces on June 12, 2023 
    TRIGGER WARNING:  racism, homophobia, mental/emotional abuse, eating disorders, body shaming, gaslighting, sexual harassment, hazing.
    The Boston Globe & The Athletic articles reported allegations of mistreatment and misconduct toward players by Harvard Women's Hockey Coach Katey Stone and claims of hazing within the program. The university hired the law firm Jenner & Block to conduct the review in March. A school spokesperson confirmed the investigation was complete, per The Athletic, on June 6th. 

    Founding 4 Pod Discussion Points
    Where do you draw the line when it comes to players’ experiences? AR: What one player might laugh off as harmless fun, another player could get extremely affected by, and both experiences are valid and should be seen as such. How do you toe that line? What are the nuances of a discussion like that, and when should enough be enough?How indicative is this of a larger problem in women’s hockey? 

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Twitter Spaces Deep Dive: WoHo Free Agency - The Good, the Bad, the Qué?

    Twitter Spaces Deep Dive: WoHo Free Agency - The Good, the Bad, the Qué?

    Angélica Rodríguez & Erica L. Ayala are back and talking PHF Free Agency. On this episode, originally recorded on Twitter Spaces, were discuss the big spenders in PHF Free Agency and their impact on a growing league.
    Is Kacey Bellamy worth her contract?What can we expect from Nora Räty in net for the Riveters?Why we need more Mike Murphy's in the worldHow do the PWHPA plans effect PHF free agency?And much more ... Show Notes and Timestamps can be found below:
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    We are committed to showing up as advocates for the visibility of Black women and creators of color through original content, events, partnerships, and more. Our goal is to create a space online where Black women and other BIPOC creators are celebrated, appreciated, and equitably compensated for their work.
    Not only is Black Rosie Media a community for Black women and melanated creators, but it's also a standalone media conglomerate giving these creators a platform for their work. We are a space for news, game coverage, and creative sports content. 
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    ------------------------FOLLOW MY WOMEN'S HOCKEY PODCAST------------------------ABOUT THE FOUNDING 4 PODCAST:The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala and Angelica Rodriguez. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Black Rosie Media podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    LIVE FROM TULSA With PHF GMS Nate Oliver and Chi-Yin Tse

    LIVE FROM TULSA With PHF GMS Nate Oliver and Chi-Yin Tse

    The Minnesota Whitecaps may have fallen short in overtime during the 2023 Isobel Cup Final, but they did finish the 2022-23 season with a title. For the second year, the Whitecaps took home bragging rights from the Battle of the Rig hosted by the Tulsa Oilers in Oklahoma. 
    Angelica Rodriguez and Erica L. Ayala interviewed Buffalo Beauts general manager Nate Oliver and Minnesota Whitecaps general manager Chi-Yin Tse live from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma (the headquarters of Black Rosie Media). 
    We discussed playing an exhibition in Tulsa, recapping the 2023 Premier Hockey Federation (PHF) season, the 2023 IIHF Women's Worlds Championships, and how each team is approaching their head coach search and free agency. 
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    • 43 min
    2023 PHF ISOBEL CUP FINAL: Exclusive Interviews with Toronto Six & Minnesota Whitecaps

    2023 PHF ISOBEL CUP FINAL: Exclusive Interviews with Toronto Six & Minnesota Whitecaps

    Black Rosie Media founder and reporter Erica L. Ayala spoke to multiple players from the Toronto Six and the Minnesota Whitecaps ahead of the 2023 Isobel Cup Final on March 26th.
    Hear from the following PHF players and coaches:The Toronto Six0:00 - Saroya Tinker on what makes Toronto special0:26 - Daryl Watts on the Whitecaps0:36 - Head coach Geraldine Heaney on playing a full 601:02 - Shiann Darkangelo reflecting on being the first expansion franchise1:22 - Watts on her motivation to win the Isobel Cup1:49 - Tinker on who she is playing for1:57 - Carly Jackson "I want to win a championship."The Minnesota Whitecaps2:09 - Natalie Snodgrass on the doubters2:28 - Denisa Křížová on being an underdog2:42 - Amanda Boulier on sweeping the Boston Pride in the semifinals3:14 - Head coach Ronda Engelhardt on the challenge 3:45 - Snodgrass on playing for the Richfield community3:55 - Boulier on winning a second Isobel Cup for the Whitecaps
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    -------------------------------- ABOUT BLACK ROSIE MEDIA -----------------------------------Black Rosie Media is a community for Black women and melanated creators in sports media.
    We are committed to showing up as advocates for the visibility of Black women and creators of color through original content, events, partnerships, and more. Our goal is to create a space online where Black women and other BIPOC creators are celebrated, appreciated, and equitably compensated for their work.
    Not only is Black Rosie Media a community for Black women and melanated creators, but it's also a standalone media conglomerate giving these creators a platform for their work. We are a space for news, game coverage, and creative sports content. 
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    ------------------------FOLLOW MY WOMEN'S HOCKEY PODCAST------------------------ABOUT THE FOUNDING 4 PODCAST:The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's ice hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala and Angelica Rodriguez. The podcast lives on Transistor.fm and is part of the Black Rosie Media podcast network. Please like, share, subscribe, comment, and rate our show. That is how we get more eyes/ears on women in sports.
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    • 4 min
    Interview with Whale forward Justine Reyes

    Interview with Whale forward Justine Reyes

    California native Justine Reyes worked her way up to the top line for the Connecticut Whale in her first Premier Hockey Federation season.
    As the Whale prepare for the postseason, Reyes tallied 14 points (9 G, 8A) in 24 games. 
    Erica L. Ayala spoke with Reyes about her hockey journey from St. Lawrence to Sweden, and now the Nutmeg State.
    Reyes also discusses what's made the Connecticut Whale a successful team, especially later in the regular season.
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    • 16 min

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Top Notch Hockey Podcast

This is the most real hockey podcast. It goes beyond what happens on the ice and brings you stories about the players, social justice and the equality that the sport desperately needs. Erica is great.

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