Dirt Road Rant - Ringette/hockey
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 May 2021 15:22
May 5, 2021
-by John Gillis
With hockey season wound down in many places and in playoffs elsewhere, some recent sports coverage got me thinking back on some of the big changes we’ve witnessed in recent years and even decades in fact. One is the expansion, growth, and participation in women’s hockey.
In the 1980s, very few women played ice hockey and a popular ice sport at that time for women and some men as well was ringette. I’m not sure about elsewhere in Canada, but it seems that ringette never really caught much more for women or for men locally; hence the growing desire, interest, and numbers over the past few decades for women playing ice hockey. Canada’s national women’s hockey team and a number of its players have had great success and clearly, there is much room for further development and an even brighter future ahead for those who choose to play.
It is likely fair to say, in addition to the numerous accomplishments of women in the sport of ice hockey, that many of our smaller arenas across the country would not be operating today had that change not taken place – just in sheer numbers of participation.