Here are some articles about the women's ice hockey eligibility of graduate student that I posted to the women-in-hockey mailing list. Please pay attention to the dates of the postings.
------------------------------ Date: Sat Jan 31 19:36:25 EST 1998 From: "Andria L. Hunter"
Subject: Canadian University Hockey Eligibility Now that university hockey in Canada is a full CIAU sport, players are only allowed a maximum of five years of eligibility. You can play as a Graduate student as long as you don't exceed five years of playing. ------------------------------ Date: Sat Sep 2 18:40:09 EDT 1995 From: "Andria L. Hunter" Subject: Playing University Hockey as a Graduate Student If anyone is interested in playing hockey for a university team while they are attending grad school (that's what I'm doing now), there are two options. You can either play for a club university team in the USA or for any university team in Canada. The reason that I am allowed to play for a Canadian university team while I'm a grad student is because there is no national (CIAU) title for women's university hockey in Canada. However, there is currently an effort being made to bring the number of women's sports at the national level up to the same number of men's sports at the national level. Women's hockey is one of 4 sports (from which 2 will be chosen) which are up for nomination (i.e., to become a CIAU sport). From what I understand, if women's hockey is chosen, there will be a western division (perhaps in British Columbia & Alberta), a central divistion in Ontario, and then a division either in Quebec or the maritimes. At the end of the season, the winner in each division would go to a CIAU national championship tournament. If and when this comes into effect, it will mean that the women will have the same eligibility policy as the men - only 5 years of eligibility, I believe. Andria *** Please note that the above message was written in 1995 *** ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 14:32:47 -0500 From: "Andria L. Hunter" Subject: Re: scholarships + grad programs >Yes, you can get hockey scholarships at some of the Div. I varsity schools. >I know you can get them at UNH, and I'm pretty sure you can get them at >Providence. Nobody knows what is happening with Northeastern. Many >schools, like the Ivy League schools, don't give hockey scholarships, but >do provide financial aid. There are also some other >non-university-sponsored scholarships. The best way to get info is to talk >to the coaches and ask them directly. >To Cathy and any other Canadian grad students - Sorry, we have eligability >rules in the US that don't allow grad students to play. However, I was >thinking of going to Canada to get my MBA so I can get my degree and >continue skating (I'm a junior at Cornell). Does anyone have any info that >would help me? The reason that there is currently no restriction on the number of years that you can play women's university hockey in Canada is because there is currently no national title (CIAU). There are women's university hockey leagues in the Maritimes, Ontario, and Quebec, but the winners of each league do not currently go on to compete for a National title. However, within the next few years (and possibly as early as next year), there will be a National CIAU title in Canada for women's hockey. There has been a push for this because they want to bring up the number of CIAU sports for women to the same number of CIAU sports for men. From what I understand, this would mean that women university hockey players would have to follow the same eligibility rules as the men do in Canada. I think that means 5 years of eligibility, but I'm not sure of the details. I'll check with my coach and get back to you on this. I would assume that everyone starts at zero in terms of eligibility when this first gets incorporated, but I'm not sure. Andria ------------------------------
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