Women's Hockey in Canada

Photo: Team Canada, 1992 World Champions (copyright ©1992 Dan Hamilton)

Canada has a rich history of women's hockey. Women's hockey is played at all levels, and has become widely accepted. For the year 2021, Women's Hockey in Canada looks promising.

International Hockey

Canada has brought home the gold medal at all six IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships to date!! Canada earned a silver medal in the first ever Olympics for Women's hockey!

Here is a link that provides the results of some games played by the Canadian Women's National team.

Team Canada also competes in the Three Nations Cup. This championship features the top three countries in women's hockey: Canada, USA, and Finland. They claimed the gold medal in 1996, and in 1997 they claimed the silver medal, losing to Team USA by a score of 3-0 in the championship game. This was the first international championship that they have ever lost.

In the years between the 1994 and 1997 World Championships, Canada competed in the Pacific Rim tournament. The 4 countries that participate in this tournament are Canada, USA, Japan, and China.

Team Canada National Team Rosters

Team Canada National Camps

The National Team

All information about the National Team can now be found on this new Canadian National Team web page. I have also started a page for the Under-22 Canadian National Team.

Team Canada Under-22

Mel Davidson, head coach of the women's team at Connecticut College and a former National Women's Team assistant, has been named head coach of the National Under-22 Team. Davidson, 34, was an assistant coach with Team Canada at the 1994 Women's World Hockey Championship in Lake Placid, NY when Canada won the third of four straight gold medals in that championship. She also worked as an assistant on the National Women's Team at the 1996 Pacific Rim Championship.

Davidson's assistant coaches will be Julie Healy, assistant coach with the Concordia University varsity women's team, and Wally Kozak, head coach of the Calgary Oval X-treme, who won the 1998 Esso Women's National championship. The Under-22 team, which includes several members of the 1998 Women's Olympic Team, will hold a NIKE elite training camp in Calgary from Aug. 2-7, 1998. The team competed at the 1998 Christmas Cup in Germany.

The evaluation camp was held in Calgary at the Canadian Hockey Centre at the Father David Bauer. Wickenheiser and Botterill were on the roster along with Tammy Lee Shewchuk, Dana Antal, Carol Scheibel, all of whom were centralized for training leading up to the Winter Olympic Games. The goalies who have been invited to the camp are Tania Pinelli, 19, from Hamilton, Ontario, and Lorenda Beuker, 21, from Calgary, Alberta. Here is a link to the final roster.

News articles:

Team Canada Under-19

The first national women's under-19 team competed in a three game series against Team USA in Lake Placid, New York, from July 8th to July 10th, 1996.

Team USA won the three game series against Canada, by two games to one.

TV Coverage

The Sports Network (TSN) broadcasted the Gold Medal game from Richmond, BC of the Senior Womens' Hockey Championship, on March 9, 1997. They also televised the game between Canada and Russia at the 1997 World Championship in Kitchener, along with the 1997 World Championship gold medal game.

TSN Canada showed the Three Nations Cup final on Saturday December 20th at 3:30 pm EST. They also showed an exhibition game between Canada and the USA on Jan. 16, 1998.

Lifetime TV covered the December 17th game between Team Canada and Team USA. The game was played in Vermont as part of the Three Nations Cup. Lifetime TV will also be showing one minute interviews with Team USA players every Sunday night at 10:45pm for the next six weeks. They have made a web page with more information.

Here is the Nagano Olympic CBC-TV Broadcast Schedule for Women's Hockey:

Feb 8 Canada vs Japan 11:00 pm PST / 2:00 am EST
Feb 9 Canada vs China 3:00 am PST / 6:00 am EST
Feb 10 Canada vs Sweden 7:00 pm PST / 10:00 pm EST
Feb 12 Canada vs Finland 3:00 am PST / 6:00 am EST
Feb 14 Canada vs USA 3:00 am PST / 6:00 am EST
Feb 17 Gold Medal Game 1:00 am PST / 4:00 am EST

CBC has also shown two women's hockey documentaries. The first was aired on the CBC National on Jan 16, and the second on Jan 18 was called The Game of Her Life. The Game of Her Life will be re-broadcasted on CBC on Saturday February 7th from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm EST.

The final pre-Olympic game between Team USA and Team Canada in Colorado Springs on January 28th is available by the Microsoft NetShow Player. The USA Hockey web page has a link to the audio clip.

There will be a Team Canada Video produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Information about this video is available from http://www.nfb.ca:80/E/3/2/team.html.

Important Dates - Events by Year

National Evaluation Camp Oct 14-20, 1995 Caledon, Ont.
(52 players from across Canada attended)

National Senior Championship March 20-26, 1996 Moncton, New Brunswick
(a Senior AAA team from each province competes; some provinces send a rep team, others send the team that wins the provincial tournament)
96 Pacific Rim Tournament Mar 31-Apr 6, 1996 Vancouver, Canada
(4 countries: Canada, USA, Japan, China)
Western Canadian Shield April 5-7, 1996 Brandon, Manitoba
Under-19 USA/Can Competition July 6-10, 1996 Lake Placid, NY
Three Nations Cup October 20-27, 1996 Ottawa, Ontario

Selection Camp for '97 WWC January 14-20 1996 St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que
National Midget (U18) Championship February 21-23, 1997 Summerside, PEI
Esso Senior Nationals March 6-9, 1997 Richmond, B.C.
Western Canadian Shield March 28-30, 1997 Saskatchewan
1997 World Championship March 30-April 6, 1997 Kitchener, Ontario
World Championship Coaching Seminar April 2-5, 1997 Kitchener, Ontario
Selection Camp for Olympics May 1997 Calgary / Toronto / Montreal
Olympic Training Camp Sept 1997-Feb 1998 Calgary
U18 National Team vs China October 8-9, 1997 Calgary, AB
Three Nations Cup December 12-21, 1997 Lake Placid, New York, USA

Olympic Games February 7-22, 1998 Nagano, Japan
CIAU National Championship (University Hockey) Feb 26 - March 1 1998 Concordia University, Montreal
Esso Senior Nationals March 18-22 1998 Calgary, Alberta
Under-22 Camp August 3-8, 1998 Calgary, Alberta
National Selection Camp October 5-12, 1998 Montreal, Quebec
Atlantic Cup (Under-18) October 9-12, 1998 Corner Brook, NF
Three Nations Cup December 10-16, 1998 Kuortane, Finland
Christmas Cup (Under-22) December 24-30, 1998 Unna, Germany

CIAU National Championship (University Hockey) February 25-28, 1999 U of Toronto, Ontario
Canada Winter Games February 28 - March 5 1999 Corner Brook, Newfoundland
World Championship - Pool A March 8-14, 1999 Espoo, Finland
Esso Senior Nationals March 24-28, 1999 Ontario
Three Nations Cup November 28 - December 5, 1999 Concordia University, Montreal

CIAU National Championship (University Hockey) February 24-27, 2000 Montreal, QC
Esso Senior Nationals March 6-12, 2000 Sydney, Nova Scotia
World Championship - Pool A April 3-9, 2000 Mississauga, Canada
Four Nations' Cup November 9-11, 2000 Provo, Utah, USA

Esso Senior Nationals March 7-11, 2001 Summerside, PEI
World Championship - Pool A April 2-8, 2001 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Three Nations' Cup November 2-6, 2001 Finland

Olympics Games Feb 2002 Salt Lake City, USA
Esso Senior Nationals March 6-10, 2002 Arnprior/Renfrew, ON
Four Nations' Cup November 6-10, 2002 Kitchener, ON

Canada Winter Games March 2-8 2003 Campbellton and Bathurst, NB
Esso Senior Nationals March 12-16, 2003 Saskatoon, SK
World Championship April 3-9, 2003 Beijing, China

Women's Team Canada Paraphernalia

KL Sports is selling Olympic souvenirs for women's hockey. They are selling posters, pictures, pucks, and pins.

Isaac's is selling a limited edition print of Karen Nystrom. It has been signed by the Olympic team and is lithographed into the print.

The Canadian Hockey Association has some souvenirs available. See their Breakaway Store for more information.

Jane Sherk Promotions has some t-shirts, jerseys, and other Team Canada souvenirs available. Here's a list of what is available. For more information you may contact her by email at sherk@kw.igs.net, or by regular mail at:

77 Culpepper Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 5K8

Telephone: (519) 886-8467
FAX: (519) 886-6543

Hockey in Canada

Canadian Hockey

National Office

CHA Address:

Canadian Hockey Association (CHA)
1600 James Naismith Drive
Gloucester, ON K1B 5N4

Phone: (613) 748-5613
FAX: (613) 748-5709

General E-mail: Ken Buna ( kbuna@hockeycanada.ca)
Women's Hockey: Glynis Peters ( gpeters@hockey.spots.ab.ca)

CHA Web Pages:

Esso Canadian National Championships

One team (at the highest level) from each province competes in the National Championship each year. Some provinces send an all-star team which is comprised of the best players from across the province. Other provinces (such as Alberta and Ontario) send the team that wins the provincial championship for the highest level of women's hockey within that province.

Canadian Under-18 National Championships

Canada Winter Games

Women's Hockey in Each Province

If you need more information about women's hockey within a particular province in Canada, please write to the appropriate address that is listed below. If you have information about the women's hockey leagues within any of these provinces, please let me know, and I'll add it to the web page for that province.

British Columbia






New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia


Yukon Territory

Northwest Territory

If you are having problems with any of the above addresses or phone numbers, check the CHA's official list of brances or contact the CHA directly.

Links to teams or events in Canada

If you make a page for your club team or league, please send me your URL, and I'll add it to this list.

General Pages

British Columbia






New Brunswick


Nova Scotia

National Federation

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This page is maintained by © 1998 Andria Hunter (andria@whockey.com).

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