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Founding 4 Podcast

33 EpisodesProduced by Erica L. Ayala

The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric women's hockey podcast hosted by Erica L. Ayala. 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 Unit… read more

33 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

The Original Eight: As Long as it's Fun feat. Madison Packer

April 25th, 2020

The final installment of #TheOriginalEight series features Riveters captain Madison Packer. The Wisconsin alumna discusses her decision to re-sign …

#F4PArchives: Live from Lugano with Blake Bolden

April 20th, 2020

We are busting out the Founding 4 Pod archives. Originally posted November 30, 2017, this is an exclusive interview with (now former) HC Lugano …

The Original Eight: Mutual Respect feat. Jordan Brickner Gragnano

April 16th, 2020

Connecticut Whale defender Jordan Brickner is the featured guest for the seventh installment of The Original Eight series. Brickner moved to …

The Original Eight: Third team's a charm feat. Kaleigh Fratkin

April 8th, 2020

The sixth episode of The Original Eight Series. This series features one-on-one interview with the eight players who've been with the NWHL since the inaugural season.

Kaleigh Fratkin began her NWHL journey in …

S3E17: Rebuilding the Whale feat. Bray Ketchum Peel

April 2nd, 2020

We're still waiting to drop the puck for the 2020 Isobel Cup Final, but that hasn't stopped teams from re-signing players for season six. Host Erica L. Ayala recaps the most recent signings and other NWHL news (Note: …

The Original Eight: 'Blue Steel' featuring Elena Orlando

April 1st, 2020

The Original Eight Series features one-on-one interview with the eight players who've played in the NWHL since the inaugural season. This episode features Connecticut Whale defender and alternate captain Elena Orlando.

The Original Eight: Mamba Mentality featuring Jillian Dempsey

March 25th, 2020

Here is the fourth episode of The Original Eight Series. This series will feature one-on-one interview with the eight players who've been with the NWHL since the inaugural season.

Jillian Dempsey hoisted the inaugural …

The Original Eight: Corinne Buie

March 18th, 2020


Here is the third episode of The Original Eight Series featuring two-time Isobel Cup champion & Buffalo Beauts captain.  We discuss what it takes to win an Isobel Cup, why Buie considers Buffalo her new …

S3E16: Coronavirus & its impact on Women's Hockey

March 12th, 2020

Erica starts the show reading the announcement about the postponed NWHL Final and the cancellation of the 2020 IIHF Women's World Championship. You will hear from Hockey Canada officials and media members (11:55) from a …

The Original Eight: Shannon Doyle

March 11th, 2020

Greetings Patrons!

Here is the second episode of The Original Eight Series. This series will feature one-on-one interview with the eight players who've been with the NWHL since the inaugural season. The second episode …

S3E15: NWHL Awards SZN!

March 6th, 2020

The standings are set! The NWHL Playoffs begin tonight. The Beauts host the Whale for the play-in game, and the winner ships up to Boston for the semifinals.

We also have season award winners, Erica reveals her ballot.

The Original Eight: Kiira Dosdall-Arena

March 4th, 2020

Greetings Patrons!

Delighted to bring you the first episode of The Original Eight Series. This series will feature one-on-one interview with the eight players who've been with the NWHL since the inaugural season. Our …

Blake Bolden breaks down scouting, making WoHo an inclusive space

February 27th, 2020

Blake Bolden is one of the women prominently featured in the Black Hockey History mobile museum making its way to NHL markets in the 2019-20 season. …

2020 All-Star Weekend Recap

February 13th, 2020

The 2020 NWHL All-Star Weekend took place at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, MA February 8-9. Erica has your recap and exclusive interviews on the latest episode of the Founding 4 Podcast.

At the Sunday morning skate, …


January 30th, 2020

Lots went down in the last weekend before the All-Star Break! Host Erica L. Ayala takes you through the eight round shootout in New Jersey, the Thunstrom show in Minnesota, the NWHL's reactions to Cassie …

S3E11: Boston Pride #TakeTheLead feat. Briana Mastel

January 23rd, 2020

We're back to break down the last few weeks of NWHL action, discuss Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the #TakeTheLeadBoston initiative, and review the NWHL All-Star rosters. Are you #TeamPacker or #TeamDempsey? Thoughts …

Cappy Origin Story with Audra & Scott Richards

January 22nd, 2020

The Minnesota Whitecaps have been a family affair since inception. Jack Brodt created the women's ice hockey team to keep his daughter Winny Brodt on the ice as a post-graduate with USA Hockey dreams. Jack White …

S3E10: The Hybrid Veteran

January 9th, 2020

Last weekend, Jordan Juron rejoined the NWHL on a PTO. The former Beauts forward joined the #ForTheGame movement in the spring and played in their New Hampshire showcase, making her the first player to come to the NWHL …

#WoHo Bonus: Interview with Doxie McCoy, BC Women's Hockey pioneer

January 8th, 2020

Hey everyone!

Here is the raw interview of my interview with Doxie McCoy.  She is one of the first goalies for the Boston College Women’s Ice Hockey …

Founding 4 Bonus Episode feat. Jordan Juron

January 6th, 2020

Jordan Juron was one of 200+ players to tweet #ForTheGame back in May. Last weekend, she signed a professional tryout (PTO) with the Boston Pride. I spoke to Jordan about her decision to join the NWHL boycott, how a …

S3E9: Holy WHOA-Lejko!

January 3rd, 2020

Mariah Fujimagari, Madison Packer, and Ashley “Stretch” Johnston talk about the Buffalo Believes Classic. Brooke Wolejko chats about taking Boston to …

S3E8: Allie Thunstrom runs on Dunkin'!

December 27th, 2019

Happy Holidays everyone!

As we approach the New Year, I wanted to recap the last two weeks, including a quick preview of the Outdoor Game in Buffalo, …

#RivalrySeries Recap: USA Hockey bounces back in Hartford

December 17th, 2019

After being swept by Canada in Pennsylvania last month, USA Hockey head coach Bob Corkum and his team went back to the drawing board. Preliminary …

S3E7: Need for Speed!

December 14th, 2019

The Boston Pride won again. The Connecticut Whale come up short, again. Can #ThePack be defeated? What trades should #ThePod make? Should sponsor …

A Perfect 10-0!

December 5th, 2019

The Boston Pride are a perfect 10-0 at the end of November! Hear how they got there and which member of #ThePack is the NWHL Veda Player of the Month. 

On this podcast, we also catch up with Jane Morrisette (Connecticut …

Founding 4 Podcast S3E5 aka My Song 5

November 29th, 2019

What a week in the NWHL! We got two hat tricks, the first shutout of the season, and one solid comeback win! Erica breaks down last week, previews …

Founding 4 Podcast: Back from Break!

November 21st, 2019

The NWHL returns after an International break. Hear from Week 5 NWHL Veda Player of the Week Kelsey Neumann, Connecticut Whale netminder Sonja Shelley, and my unfiltered thoughts about who and what is needed to usher …

BONUS: Katie Fitzgerald on the PWHPA Showcase in Chicago

November 19th, 2019

A bonus episode featuring 2018 Isobel Cup Champion, Katie Fitzgerald. Fitzy discusses her first PWHPA Showcase in Chicago, her take on the NHL's …

Founding 4 Podcast: Blake Bolden Cookbook

October 25th, 2019

A bonus episode featuring inaugural Isobel Cup-winning Blake Bolden. I caught up with the Boston College alumna over the summer at the first-ever

Founding 4 Podcast S3E3: Last week, today!

October 20th, 2019

In this episode, hear from Buffalo Beauts head coach Pete Perram and players Brooke Stacey (Buffalo Beauts) and Tori Sullivan (Boston Pride). The …

Founding 4 Pod S3E2: Audra Richards on Hockey & Mini Donuts

October 3rd, 2019

After scoring a team-leading eight goals in her rookie year for the Riveters, Audra Richards decided to return home and play for the Minnesota Whitecaps. The Founding 4 Podcast caught up with Richards back in August …

Founding 4 Podcast S3E1: Rebecca Morse aka Moose aka Switzerland

September 26th, 2019

Riveters defender/forward Rebecca "Moose" Morse joins the show to discuss how she got her nickname, overcoming a challenging offseason, her thoughts on the deal with the Devil(s) falling through, and more!

Sports Talk …

Founding 4 Pod Bonus Episode: Preseason updates with Anya Packer

September 19th, 2019

A bonus episode ahead of our independent relaunch! Anya Packer joins be to chat about NWHL Season 5. Get your questions about the NWHLPA, Twitch, and more answered by Anya. 

The Founding 4 Podcast is an NWHL-centric …
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