Since getting one minute of air time on Hockey Night in Canada last year, during a special segment featuring positive contributors to the game, the Grindstone Award Foundation continues to grow.
It comes as no surprise to Saskatoon Stars head coach Greg Slobodzian that Mackenna Parker was chosen for the Hockey Canada Isobel Gathorne-Hardy award.
Play hard, have fun, love hockey.” One of the Grindstone award recipients, Isabelle Fortin said it best. She is one of 10 young female hockey players across the country who will get to continue her journey on the ice thanks to funding from the Grindstone Award Foundation.
Considered one of the fastest growing sports in the world, women’s ice hockey is hoping to keep expanding their reach around the globe with the World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend.
Each morning during the winter in -30 C temperatures, a hockey team soaks a frozen lake in water in preparation for a long day of practice. Though not unheard of for a player from a cold climate, no one wouldn’t would pick India to be a setting for ice hockey, yet that’s the situation with the Ladakh Women Ice Hockey Federation.
The 2017 Esso Cup has wrapped up with all of the hardware handed out to respective teams. The bronze medal game had the Durham West Lightning and the host Pembina Valley Hawks squaring off a day after tough semifinal losses, both teams lost by one to St. Albert and Triolet in those games to put them in the bronze final.
The St. Albert Slash go into Friday’s semifinals with the best record in the 2017 Esso Cup. After going undefeated throughout the preliminary round, the Slash are primed and ready to put themselves in a position to hoist the Esso Cup Saturday night. St. Albert walked through Durham West in commanding fashion to keep them undefeated through the tournament.
Goaltenders made the biggest impact on Day 4 of the 2017 Esso Cup, while two teams locked up playoff berths on Wednesday. St. Albert was able to earn their semifinal bid early in the day after taking care of Prince Albert.
Day 3 of the 2017 Esso Cup saw all three teams west of Manitoba sweep the entire day with victories over Mid-Isle, Triolet and Durham West. Prince Albert was able to secure their first win of the tournament to put them back into contention for the medal rounds.
The second day of the 2017 Esso Cup helped two teams build some momentum for the later part of the tournament. Quebec came away with another dominating win as the Harfangs were able to take care of the Wildcats from the Atlantic.
Little girls faces frozen in awe as Marie-Philip Poulin signs an autograph for them says it all for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League commissioner — awareness of female hockey is growing.
The Alberta Female Hockey League’s Midget AAA level saw one team that stood alone at the top with just a handful of regular season games left.
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