Nearly 140 locations across the United States will help celebrate the fifth annual International Ice Hockey Federation World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend this Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 10-11). As part of the festivities, past and present members of the U.S. Women’s National Team will take part in select events across the nation.
The IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate female participation in the sport. The goal of the event is to grow the game through a variety of events that aim to introduce beginners to basic skills in a positive, fun and safe environment; provide more opportunities to play ice hockey; teach fair play, sportsmanship and teamwork; create new friendships; and develop a lifelong love of the sport.
“We are proud to be a leader in the continued advancement of girls’ and women’s hockey,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It’s fantastic to see all the activity happening around the country this weekend and we’re most appreciative of all the volunteers who are dedicated to helping grow the game.”
Events being hosted include youth hockey clinics featuring the American Development Model, jamborees, Try Hockey for Free opportunities, female-only tournaments, introductory informational sessions about the sport and other hockey-themed gatherings.
Over the course of the weekend, the IIHF is hosting its inaugural Girls Global Game, a worldwide initiative with 29 different countries hosting successive one-hour games in a 24-hour span. The U.S. will take part with an under-12 entry on Oct. 10 from 8-9 a.m. ET at the Thayer-Warburton Arena in Warwick, Rhode Island.
In conjunction with the Girls Global Game, USA Hockey will also highlight one-hour games at varying age levels across the U.S. on Oct. 10 (8 a.m. to 12 a.m.) and Oct. 11 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.). A complete listing of games, and further information on both events is available here. Illinois will have 5 games featured over the course of Saturday and Sunday. The Sabre Girls Hockey Club will play host to 11 teams from 9 states during their High Performance College Showcase; 5 of those games will be featured:
- Oakland Jr. Grizzlies vs. California Wave (16 & Under) on Saturday, October 10 at 5:oopm (EST) at Rocket Ice Arena
- Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Livonia Knights (16 & Under) on Saturday, October 10 at 6:00pm (EST) at Rocket Ice Arena
- Anaheim Lady Ducks vs. Mid-State Mustangs (19 & Under) on Sunday, October 11 at 9:00am (EST) at Rocket Ice Arena
- Arizona Lady Coyotes vs. Mid-State Mustangs (19 & Under) on Sunday, October 11 at 1:00pm (EST) at Rocket Ice Arena
- Naperville Sabres vs. Montana Big Sky Wildcats (19 & Under) on Sunday, October 11 at 9:00am (EST) at Rocket Ice Arena
The Admirals Girls versus the Hawks Girls (19 & Under) will also be highlighted on Sunday, October 11 at 3:00pm (EST) at Center Ice of Dupage as part of the weekend’s festivities. In all there are seven Illinois associations taking part in the 2015 IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend!
- St. Jude is hosting a Girls Only “Give Hockey A Try” event on Sunday, October 18 from 2:40pm to 3:50pm at Southwest Ice Arena.
- Franklin Park Ice Arena is hosting a “Girls Only” event on Saturday, October 10 at 3:40pm with a Root Beer Float Party afterwards.
- Yellow Jackets Girls Hockey is hosting a “Try Hockey For Free” event on Saturday, October 10 from 9:00am to 10:00am at Crystal Ice House.
- Decatur Youth Hockey is hosting a “Try Hockey for Free” event on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00am at the Decatur Civic Center.
- Falcons Girls Gold Team will conduct a joint training session with their 12U team and a team event with the Women’s team of Lake Forest College.
Thirty-four states are hosting activities as part of the fifth annual IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. For more information on the IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, click here.
NOTES: Teams from the NHL and NCAA are among those helping celebrate the IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend … Participation in girls and women’s hockey in the United States has increased by nearly 36 percent in the past decade and USA Hockey has more than 69,700 registered female players.