Over the course of this past weekend, all of the elite women’s hockey leagues in North America awarded their championship trophy. Three of the best women’s hockey teams in the world, with rosters jam-packed with Olympians and national team members, won their respective championships this weekend. I watched parts of every championship game and it is the best female hockey I have seen in a long time. But the sad part is, that very few girls hockey players even knew these games were going on.
The 3 biggest trophies in all of elite women’s hockey in North America were handed out this weekend.
But can you name any of the BIG winners?
=> The Wisconsin Badgers won their 3 NCAA title in the last 4 years by beating Mercyhurst 5-0.
=> The McGill Martlets of the Canadian University league won yet another national title by defeating Laurier 3-1.
=> The Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (starring Canadian Olympian Kim St Pierre and Caroline Ouelette) defeated the Minnesota Whitecaps of the Western Women’s Hockey League (starring Angela Ruggeiro and Julie Chu) to win the Clarkson Cup for the first time ever.
Three great women’s hockey championship games were played this weekend and three teams emerged with the ultimate prize in their respective league.
And it is really sad to me that most girls hockey players don’t know about these great games.
It is even sadder when I think about the fact that most girls can’t name a single elite women’s hockey player (unless they happen to go watch their games regularly.)
I am not saying that elite women’s hockey players should have Sidney Crosby celebrity status, but the reality is that stands in each of these championship games should have been packed with girls hockey players who aspire to play at the elite levels of women’s hockey just like the players out on the ice.
It is so important that we showcase this level of talent and achievement to our young female hockey players so that they have something to aspire to and have role models that they can connect with in more ways than just their love of the game. Aspiring female athletes need female role models to look up to. And any of the women on the ice in any of these 3 championship games would fit the bill nicely.
Support elite women’s hockey in any way you can. Whether that is by going to a game in person, watching it on TV or reminding your friends about what a great game it is, every little bit helps.
Work Hard, Dream BIG, and Help Take Female Hockey To The Next Level.
~ Coach Kim