IIHF World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend
October 1, 2017

The World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend represents an opportunity on a global scale for girls to try out the game and possibly take it further. Thousands of players took part in previous editions in the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and the next edition will be coming up on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of October 2017.

One of the World’s Fastest Growing Sports

Women’s ice hockey is a sport that shows the great growth worldwide thanks to events like the IIHF World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend and related programmes that are being run in a variety of countries. These kinds of events are a wonderful method of recruiting new players, and the participants are bound to have fun as they discover the ins and outs of this wonderful sport.

What is the IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend?

It is, to put it simply, a chance for girls of all ages to play ice hockey! Hosts around the world bring girls from their communities together on an ice rink and let them:

Who May Register as a Host?

National Hockey Federations, leagues, clubs, teams, and groups who share a passion for the game and wish to help encourage the next generation of female hockey players are all invited to register as hosts. The events are very easy to hold, and can be as big or small as the host desires. The goal is simply to give the girls a chance to play the game and to ensure that sport and fitness remains an enjoyable part of their lives.

Interesting Historical Facts about Women’s Hockey

With levels of popularity comparable only, perhaps to the online slots Canada offers nowadays, the world of women’s hockey can be said to have started in the year 1889, when Canada’s sixth governor general, and the man who gave the Stanley Cup its name, Lord Stanley of Preston, supervised the flooding of a big lawn on the Government House grounds. He and his wife and their children, which group included two daughters, then spent many hours on the rink enjoying the game of hockey.
One year later, Isobel Preston, the Lord’s daughter, was pictured playing hockey in Ottawa, at Rideau Hall, and this marks the earliest known image of women involved in the game. One year later saw a newspaper account emerge of a game which took place between two unidentified women’s team in the February 11 edition of the Ottawa Citizen. This game, which took place in Ontario, in Ottawa, is now commonly regarded as the point where the world of women’s ice hockey began. In 1892 the first documented game was held in Barrie, Ontario, two years before the inaugural Stanley Cup Championship, and a wonderful world of competitive play for women was debuted.


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