Ontario Women's Hockey Association

1892 First recorded game in Barrie, Ontario.
1900-1930's Universities played a large role in expansion.

Women well established in the hockey world.

1940's War years brought reduction in participation.
1960's Resurgence of interest.

Beginning of the Wallaceburg, Picton, & Brampton Canadettes Tournaments.

Formation of several open-age leagues.

The Wallaceburg Lipstick tournament had 16 teams enter in 1967, it was billed as the North American Girls Hockey Championship Tournment with teams from Ontario and the United States (Port Huron). The tournament was "presided over by Jack Adams..... and Johny Mowers......" The winners of the tournament in 1967 were a "young team from Humberside" This information is out of a local paper, Wallaceburg News February 14, 1967.

The first Dominion Ladies Hockey Tournament was held in Brampton, Ontario, featuring 22 teams from Ontario. Now the Brampton Dominion tournament features more than 400 teams per year.

1975 Formation of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA).
1982 Formation of the CHA "Female Council."

OWHA & Brantford WHA hosted the first women's National Championship.

1983 OWHA given voting privileges on the OHA board of directors.
1985 Ontario Winter Games (OWHA Midget "A" Championship).
1987 first Women's World Hockey Tournament, North York, Ontario.

Participating teams included: USA, Canada (Hamilton Golden Hawks), Holland, Switzerland, Japan, Ontario (host team Mississauga Warriors), and Sweden

1990 First fully sanctioned IIHF Women's World Championship, Ottawa, Ontario. Canada wins the gold!
1991 The Canada Winter Games welcomed the sport of girls' hockey, Summerside, P.E.I.
1992 The dream becomes reality as the International Olympic Committee voted to add women's hockey to its calendar of Winter Olympic events. Women's hockey will make its first appearance as a full medal sport in Nagano, Japan in 1998.

Canada repeats as World Champions bringing home the gold medal from the World Championship in Tampere, Finland.

1993 Inaugural "under 18" National Championship, Monteal, Quebec.
1994 The Canadian National Women's team successfully defended their title at the World Championship, April 11-17 in Lake Placid, New York.
1995 The Canadian Hockey Association selects Ontario as the host province for the 1997 World Championship.

Team Ontario will compete in the Canada Winter games in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

1997 The Ontario Women's Hockey Association, city of Kitchener and the Canadian Hockey Association will host the fourth World Championship.
1998 Women's ice hockey players will compete for the first time in the Olympic Winter Games to be held in Nagano, Japan.


This page was created compiled by the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA).

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

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