Posted by: Ethan Johnson | June 17, 2010

Western NY Has Girls Varsity Ice Hockey

I am pleased to pass this announcement along by way of the Goal Girl Goal blog:

It took 4 1/2 years of constant talking to school boards, school administrators and anyone that would listen, but the Girls 4 Varsity Ice Hockey Committee and players celebrated the formation of a Girls Varsity Ice Hockey League in Western New York last week.

At present seven schools have agreed to field six teams. One district is joining forces with another to make this a reality for our girls. This Fall, Williamsville, Amherst, Mgs. Martin Catholic Schools, Kenmore-Tonawanda, West Seneca and Orchard Park/Frontier will battle it out on the ice.

What makes this whole story so unique is that the parents and players that came together to make this happen are historically rivals on the ice through their local hockey organizations. Another thing that came out of this is that a whole group of people that barely knew or didn’t know each other have formed a lasting friendship all in the name of a common cause — ice hockey for their girls!!

Historical information about this effort can be reached via the Girls 4 Varsity Ice Hockey web site.

I don’t have much first-hand wisdom to pass along with this announcement except to say that it is nice to have some good news on the women’s athletics front and it is inspiring to read about communities pulling together.

This snippet from the official announcement sums up the “why this matters” angle:

For those who don’t feel a girls varsity league is necessary — let’s look at how many of them would have made it on a boy’s varsity team, how would collegiate scouts find them to offer scholarships so they can continue playing and how many will now have the opportunity to look at Team USA possibilities, coaching possibilities and a future as an adult in hockey.

Here’s to a successful inaugural season!



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