Hosts from around the world are putting on events to allow females to be introduced to basic skills in hockey in a positive, fun and safe environment, learn about opportunities in ice hockey in their community, learn about fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork, meet new friends and have a chance to fall in love with a new sport.
Grand Forks Minor Hockey is supporting this initiative and hosting a hot dog sale and road hockey games at the Kal Tire store in Grand Forks on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The public is invited to come out and grab a stick and have some fun. All skill levels are welcome.
Grand Forks has had a strong history of girls/women’s hockey dating back to as early as 1911 when the Rossland Carnival final between Rossland and a team from Grand Forks, B.C. was hailed as the women’s championship of the world.
Rossland’s biggest upset came in 1917 when the club was defeated by a ladies team from Grand Forks for the West Kootenay Championship.
More recently the Grand Forks Ice Dragons won the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League banners in the 2007/08, and 2008/09 seasons.
Many girls and women continue to play in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Minor Hockey would like to encourage all girls to consider giving hockey a try.
As is evidenced by the strong numbers in local women’s hockey, it can be a sport that can continue for many years.
– Submitted by Colleen McKay