The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is a “premier, professionally-run women’s hockey league … centrally funded, with all participating teams in the CWHL receiving equal access to financial support and given the same opportunities to succeed. The CWHL is a not-for-profit organization, with every dollar going towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women’s hockey, providing a place for the best female players in the world to compete and inspiring the next generation of female hockey heroines” (cwhl.ca).
On Saturday, January 23, 2016 the league is hosting the annual CWHL All-Star Game! All proceeds from the event go to the development of the league. Game is at 1pm at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto … exciting. To purchase tickets go here.
The Globe and Mail has recently been featuring interviews and profiles of the CWHL, which is unusual for a mainstream paper. Typically there are fringe articles about women in sport tucked in the back pages. So it was a great surprise to see The Globe post “CWHL’s Japanese skaters driven by passion for Olympic hockey podium” front and center on their website this week. The article is very insightful, and highlights the intense sacrifice and class/cultural differences that exist between women’s and men’s hockey, as through the story of Sena Suzuki.
Other interesting reads: Interview with Hayley Wickenheiser, six time Olympian and trailblazer for women’s hockey, and Interview with Brenda Andress, motivational speaker and founder and commissioner of the CWHL. The league is making a concerted effort to grow the sport and make visible the talent of women players. But they can’t do this alone, the public needs to make an effort to support the league … which is where you come in – talk up the league, post on social media: go see games. It’s that simple.