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The Isobel Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) playoff winner.[2] It is named after Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy, one of the first known women to play the game and daughter of Lord Stanley (the namesake of the Stanley Cup).[3]

Isobel Cup
2017 Isobel Cup captains.jpg
SportIce hockey
Given forPlayoff champion of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL)
First award2016[1]
Most recentMinnesota Whitecaps

The first Cup was awarded in 2016,[1] at the end of the inaugural season of the NWHL, the first professional women's hockey league in the United States.[4]


Year Champion Coach Score Runner-up Coach City
2016 Boston Pride Bobby Jay 2-games-to-none Buffalo Beauts Ric Seiling Newark, New Jersey
2017 Buffalo Beauts Ric Seiling 3–2 Boston Pride Bobby Jay Lowell, Massachusetts
2018 Metropolitan Riveters Chad Wiseman 1–0 Buffalo Beauts Ric Seiling Newark, New Jersey
2019 Minnesota Whitecaps Jack Brodt
Ronda Engelhardt
2–1 (OT) Buffalo Beauts Cody McCormick St. Paul, Minnesota


  1. ^ a b "Isobel Cup". National Women's Hockey League. Retrieved September 14, 2018. In 2016, Boston won the league’s first Isobel Cup.
  2. ^ "NWHL's top two teams ready to face off for the Isobel Cup". espnW. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Fink, James (April 16, 2015). "Buffalo Beauts to play at HarborCenter". Buffalo Business First. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Schram, Carol (October 10, 2017). "NWHL Partnership With NHL's New Jersey Devils Aims To Boost Profile Of Women's Hockey". Forbes. Retrieved May 17, 2018.

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