Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Woman and girls have respect for the game
Women have taken to ice hockey in unprecedented numbers since the early 1990s. Female leagues and co-ed programs have changed the face of the game in many places. But women's hockey is hardly a new game. Women and girls have been fore checking, back checking and crashing the crease for over a century. The first recorded women's hockey game took place in 1892 in Barrie, Ontario. Women's hockey teams were playing in standard uniforms including long wool skirts, turtleneck sweaters, hats and gloves. Very different from what you will see us in now. This first era of women's hockey started in the 1920s and 1930s, with teams, leagues and tournaments in almost every region of Canada and a few areas of the United States. Some of the best Teams Still at this point in hockey comes from Canada. Most girls wanted to join boy’s teams, but they were rejected because they were girls. Girls didn’t have much respect as men did for the game, but women's hockey slowly gained ice time, and as the new players grew up they got a chance to play at colleges and universities. Today the number of female hockey teams and leagues is at an all-time high. Mixed gender teams are also more common, especially in youth hockey. There are still some teams that won’t let girls play, but over the years it has gotten much better.