Friday, September 9, 2016
The 2016 edition of World Girls Hockey Weekend (WGHW) is taking place October 7 – 9, 2016, with BC Hockey hosting a celebration of female hockey featuring over 400 players and coaches at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre.
The weekend will kick off the 2016-2017 Female Midget AAA season, with all six (6) of the league’s teams participating in a Showcase Weekend.
On Saturday, October 8, 2016, 100 Initiation (Hockey 1/2) and Novice (Hockey 3/4) players will participate in a cross-ice jamboree, playing four (4) games each. An Esso Fun Day will introduce new skaters to the game, and a “We Are Coaches” clinic will give older players the opportunity to step behind the bench.
The highlight of the day will be the “Long Game”, a cross-country event that will conclude with five (5) games at the Surrey Sport & Leisure Centre. Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget players will get the opportunity to register for the game, while the Senior game will feature a South Coast Women’s Hockey League (SCWHL) game.
“We’re excited to offer so many events to celebrate World Girls Hockey Weekend in Surrey,” said BC Hockey Female Development Coordinator Shannon Butler. “From beginners to Midget AAA players, it will be a great opportunity to highlight female hockey in BC.”
Each participating player will receive a jersey, water bottle, and WGHW toque. Space for the WGHW celebration in Surrey is limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a registration deadline of September 30, 2016
. Registration inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the main event in Surrey, BC Hockey is encouraging Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) and other community groups around the province to host WGHW events in their community.
Some ideas/examples of events include:
Higher level teams hosting younger players at their games – autographs, pre-game skate, etc.
Esso Fun Days for new skaters
Bring a Friend to the Rink – each member of a female team brings a friend to the arena
Information sessions for parents and girls interested in playing hockey
Ball hockey games
Events can be registered on the Hockey Canada website
. In 2015, teams, MHAs and Districts within BC Hockey hosted numerous WGHW events and involved over 1,200 female players, coaches, officials and supporters.
Hockey Canada and BC Hockey are proud to be WGHW leaders. For more information about female hockey across Canada, please refer to Hockey Canada’s Guide to Female Hockey in Canada