Retiring star Hayley Wickenheiser paved the way for female hockey players

Posted by Amey Doyle on January 15, 2017
Retiring star Hayley Wickenheiser paved the way for female hockey players

When Hayley Wickenheiser sees girls dragging hockey bags into arenas, she feels a sense of accomplishment.

The normalcy of girls playing hockey is what she sweated for, fought for, and shed tears for.

When Wickenheiser started playing 33 years ago, there were no girls’ teams. She played with boys and wasn’t always welcomed by players or their parents.

“The greatest stride’s been made in the acceptance of girls playing the game,” says Wickenheiser. “Any little girl...

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Women’s hockey pushes forward but a familiar question remains: What happens next?

Posted by Amey Doyle on January 10, 2017
Women’s hockey pushes forward but a familiar question remains: What happens next?

Interest in the game spikes every four years when the Olympics rolls around, but wanes in between. The creation of two competing professional leagues has given more women the chance to play at a high level outside of their national team and college programs, but are those options sustainable? As Eric Duhatschek reports, joining forces and establishing stronger ties to the National Hockey League may be the best path forward.

The most dramatic and uplifting hockey game played at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi...

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2018 Olympic decisions on the horizon for Canadian women’s hockey team

Posted by Amey Doyle on April 04, 2016
2018 Olympic decisions on the horizon for Canadian women’s hockey team

KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- The Winter Olympics in 2018 feel like they're coming sooner to players on the Canadian women's hockey team.

The players invited to try out for the team attempting to defend gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and win a fifth Olympic title in a row will be revealed a year from now.

General manager Melody Davidson and the coaching staff expected to be announced this year will have a fairly clear picture heading into the 2017 women's world hockey championship in...

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Pee-wee’s rising Étoiles score ‘magic moment’ for women’s hockey

Posted by Amey Doyle on February 15, 2016
Pee-wee’s rising Étoiles score ‘magic moment’ for women’s hockey

Amid the usual pregame murmur of a marquee matchup, one gravelly voice rises above the others in the lower bowl of the spiffy new Vidéotron Centre and yells encouragement at the local favourites.

Loud exhortations from middle-aged hockey dads are nothing new at large tournaments, but there was a twist to this one: “Let’s go les filles!”

Quebec City’s venerable Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee has had its share of showcase moments over 57 years of existence –...

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All-girl peewee hockey team competes at international meet in Quebec City

Posted by Amey Doyle on February 12, 2016
All-girl peewee hockey team competes at international meet in Quebec City
Quebec's all-star team of 19, chosen from among 200 girl players, shuts out boys' team in exhibition match

For the first time, an all-star team of girls from across Quebec is playing against boys and mixed teams at the International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament in Quebec City – the biggest minor-league hockey event in the world.The team, Équipe Québec Féminin, played its first exhibition game on Thursday.It was the girls' first time playing as a team,...

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Controversial coaching hires; NHL donates to Laing; Playoff dates

Posted by Amey Doyle on January 31, 2016
Controversial coaching hires; NHL donates to Laing; Playoff dates
Coaching Controversies

The Connecticut Whale of the NWHL have occupied a majority of the women's hockey headlines the past few days. Late Thursday night, news broke that Jake Mastel, head coach of the first place Whale, suddenly resigned.

The NWHL confirmed the resignation the following day and announced the hiring of Heather Linstad in the same press release. This hiring took many in the women's hockey community by surprise.

In Linstad's final two seasons as the head coach...

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Coaches’ New Overture: Limit Early Recruiting

Posted by Amey Doyle on January 15, 2016
Coaches’ New Overture: Limit Early Recruiting

With no NHL, the dream for every female hockey player is to play for Team Canada.  That's a great dream, but goals should be realistic and unfortunately the percentage of female hockey players that actudally represent our Country in hockey is very small.  I believe that the real goal for competitive female hockey players should be to play University Hockey.  If players push themselves to train, to improve, to learn the game well enough to be considered a student-athlete, then the Team Canada...

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5 Fabulous Reasons Girls Should Try Hockey

Posted by Amey Doyle on January 15, 2016
5 Fabulous Reasons Girls Should Try Hockey

I know when my parents had two daughters, they never imagined the number of hours they would spend in an arena watchging their girls play hockey!  Since then, girls hockey across Canada has continued to develop drastically in quality and quantity.  This article outlines only 5 reasons why girls should try hockey, but I believe there are many more!  

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In December the NHL hosted its first ever outdoor women’s hockey classic, and later this month, the first National Women&rsquo...

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