Women's Hockey History

Historians say that the first organized all-women's hockey game took place in Barrie, Ontario, in 1892 — more than two decades before the National Hockey League was founded. But there is evidence that the sport was actually played by female athletes before that:

  • A newspaper account of a game between two unnamed women's teams appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on February 11, 1891.
  • Several stories tell of Lord Stanley of Preston — Canada's sixth governor-general and the man after whom the cherished Stanley Cup is named — having the front lawn of Government House in Ottawa flooded during the winter of 1889 so that he and his wife and children, including his two daughters, could play hockey on the makeshift rink when it froze.

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