A Spike in Women's Registration

Women’s hockey is in the midst of a major growth. It all peaked after the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Canadian women's hockey team took home gold, and also brought in record breaking viewership with 13 million Canadians tuning in to the game. Once again four years later, after the 2018 Winter Olympics, women felt inspired with increasing enrollment.

Without National Hockey League (NHL) players competing in the Olympics, this put the spotlight on the women’s game. They had the best players in the world taking part and were able to step outside the shadow of the men. Finally, women’s hockey got the credit it deserves at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Not only is women’s hockey growing throughout Canada, but also around the world. China will host the next Winter Olympics in 2022, and therefore want nothing more than to compete on the ice. With their efforts to qualify for the Olympics in hockey, they have invested two professional women’s hockey teams to the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). Half of the players on these teams are North American and act as mentors, teaching the Chinese players what it takes to be elite hockey players. These North American players run clinics and camps in China in hopes of growing the game.  

In 2017, the United States national team fought for equality and ended up with increased pay and more rights. Finland since jumped on board with the USA and began investing more into their women’s national hockey team. Professional leagues in North America have even began paying their players. The salary these women earn surely is not enough to make them rich, however, it is a great start and a big step for female hockey.

The growth in women's hockey across the board also shows for the CARHA Hockey World Cup. The 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup currently has NINE teams registered - one from Switzerland, one from the United Kingdom, two from British Columbia, and one from Ontario. This is the first time we have had an international women's team attending the event.

All of this leaves us wondering - where will women’s hockey be 10 years from now?   

 

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