Learning Curve: My (Late) Introduction to the Greatest Game on Earth
Submitted by: Liz Montroy, Age 15
Liz is a Grade 10 student at Eric Hamber Secondary and plays for the Vancouver Angels Midget C1 team. She submitted this story to Hockey Now in hopes of encouraging other girls to think about giving this great game a try.
My First Team
After getting a taste of hockey for two months with my school’s team, I decided to join a league, and am now playing on the Vancouver Angels Midget C1 team. The Vancouver Angels, also known as the Killarney Girls Ice Hockey Association (KGIHA) started in 1973 and is Vancouver’s only all girls ice hockey club. In 1973, the club only had a Junior team (back then, ages seven to 15) and a Midget team and it has grown immensely in its 37 years of existence. At first, KGIHA was intended only for girls living in the Killarney area, but in the early ‘90s, the club started to reach out to girls in other areas of Vancouver. “Other associations used to laugh at us but now they are taking note,” said Laura Yip, Vancouver Angels Manager Liaison and parent. “We may not be the best right now, but we are the building block for the future.” What started as a club with two teams is now an experienced club with 12 teams and 163 passionate ice hockey players, including 53 girls who are brand new to playing hockey, this year. Read more
Angelic finish to peewee final
A team without a goaltender, the Vancouver Angels went undefeated through the playoffs and blanked the competition Saturday in an overtime shoot-out to win the girls peewee C1 championship 3-2 over the Chilliwack Warriors. Read more
As girls hockey skyrockets, tips to develop players
"The best coaches I've had are the ones who encourage me in the things I'm doing right, and take the time to single me out to do that. But they are also the ones who can then point out a few areas where I can improve and give me tips on how to do so." -- Krista Prins, head coach of the Vancouver Girls Ice Hockey Association midget team. Read more
Olympics spur growth of girls hockey
Wickenheiser International Women's Hockey Festival begins this week. Read more.
Scotiabank carries the puck coast to coast: Sponsors more than 1,600 minor hockey teams and leagues this season
More than 1,600 minor hockey team and leagues across Canada received Scotiabank's support during their 2009-10 season through Scotiabank's Community Hockey Sponsorship Program, which provides financial support and experiential opportunities for boys and girls ages seven to 16. In its second year, the program goes beyond the cheque by giving all sponsored teams the opportunity to win experiences featuring NHL and NHL Alumni players and the chance to be featured on the most famous hockey show in Canada - Hockey Night in Canada's Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids. Read more.
Breakfast Television Vancouver LIVE EYE
As our women's national hockey team prepares for showdown with the US on Thursday night, we practice with the Vancouver Angels at Sunset Ice Rink in Vancouver. This is the only all girls hockey team in the city and the team is looking for more girls to take up the sport! Read more.
Canada's Women Hockey Team Arrives in Vancouver
Team captain Hayley Wickenheiser said while there will be a lot of distractions around being the home team "we are here for a job ... but also plan on enjoying it along the way." Read more.
Your guide to this season’s hockey parents
It’s September and a new wave of little kids and their parents are experiencing minor hockey. The boys and girls don’t need any help having fun. As for Mom and Dad, some fair warning: here’s a guide to some of the parents you can expect to encounter over the next several winters. Read more.