Episode 61: Erica Ayala women’s hockey now

New York-based sportswriter Erica Ayala joins Hear Her Sports podcast this week to talk about what’s going on in women’s hockey these days. If you haven’t been following along as the Canadian league closed and North American players stand up for better pay and conditions, Erica will bring you up to speed and if you have been following she gets into some of the details. possible outcomes, and how we can think about that in relation to what’s happening in other women’s sports.

Erica Ayala is a sportswriter, broadcaster, and podcaster. She serves as a color analyst and rinkside reporter for the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and writes the weekly hockey column for The IX Newsletter. She covers women’s basketball for High Post Hoops and the new WNBA vertical at The Athletic. Erica has contributed women's sports coverage to espnW, The Guardian, The Hockey News, ThinkProgress, WBAI Sports Qualified (radio), and more.

In addition to sports, Erica is a youth justice advocate. She has worked for over ten years with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools®, a summer literacy program that seeks to fosters a love for reading and promote literacy in communities throughout the United States. She currently works as the Project Manager of the GPS4Kids Collective Impact initiative at the Westchester Children’s Association.

Erica received her B.A in Political Science, with a minor in African-American Studies from Elon University. She is an Elon Softball letter winner and a 2006 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar. She completed her Master of Public Administration degree at the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in May 2016.

This episode is really fun because Erica has insider’s perspective and has talked to players recently and over the years. As she says, emotions are hot. Stay tuned for reasons for that and for Erica’s vision of a long-term ideal.

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Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL)
National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
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