U.S. Women’s National Team Members Support Local Efforts in Celebration
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey will join with hockey federations around the world on Sunday (Oct. 2) for the first-ever World Girls’ Hockey Day, created by the International Ice Hockey Federation to help grow girls’ youth hockey.
“World Girls’ Hockey Day helps create awareness around an ever-growing segment of our sport,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It provides an opportunity to foster continued growth by inviting more girls and women to the rink.”
World Girls’ Hockey Day will introduce females of all ages to hockey in a positive, fun and safe environment while helping them learn about hockey opportunities in their communities. The day also promotes fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork and making new friends while playing hockey. Activities range from American Development Model (ADM) clinics, Mother/Daughter skates, Meet & Greet skates with teams and Try Hockey for Free opportunities.
Several members of the U.S. Women’s National Team Program will join in the celebration.
Seventy-six local hockey associations in the U.S. will host an event on Oct. 2 in celebration of World Girls’ Hockey Day. Five colleges are also joining in the celebration: Harvard University is working with Waltham Youth Hockey Association for a Try Hockey for Free clinic; Northeastern University is working with the Middlesex Islanders; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will participate with the Troy Albany Ice Cats in Troy, N.Y.; St. Cloud State University is hosting an event at their home rink, the National Hockey Center, and Yale University is working with the Connecticut Polar Bears in Killingworth, Conn.
Looking for more information on World Girls’ Hockey Day or coverage of the events as they are happening, use the hash tag #WGHD on Twitter.