She Was Our First Female Referee!
|Wednesday, August 29, 2018|
Manon Lacasse was the first female referee to ever work the CARHA Hockey World Cup back in 2008, and she hasn't looked back since.
She is enthusiastic about the growth of the women's hockey community as well as the game in general.
We had the opportunity to ask her some questions about CARHA Hockey World Cup memories and moments, the growth of the game, and the city of Richmond.
What is your favourite CARHA Hockey World Cup memory?
I have so many fond memories but my favourite has to be 2012 in Sault Ste. Marie. It was the first time that the women had a division at the CARHA Hockey World Cup. I will always remember that first game I officiated the women division. As soon as I got in the arena, Ashley Burrill, who was working with CARHA Hockey, grabbed me and said “You have to see this.” As we entered the rink, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The place was packed to the rafters and it stayed that way throughout the whole tournament. The community really got involved. Even at our hotel, the personnel were wearing their favorite hockey jersey. The hotel manager ended up with my referee jersey and she showed me pictures the next day of her young son proudly wearing it. I still wonder to this day if she still has it and if her son is wearing it.
How have things changed from your first CARHA Hockey World Cup to 2016?
The pace of hockey has certainly changed in the last decade. Will all the rule changes and enforcement, it has made the game so much faster. The evolution of hockey equipment has made a great improvement to the game. From flexible and light hockey sticks to faster skate blades. The recreational leagues are expanding and with the competition growing, the level of playing has increased. More divisions are being created at the World Cup to acccomodate the change of pace. With the addition of female divisions, it has created a lot more interest in the women's hockey community.
How has it been having more and more female representation over the years?
From being the first female referee in 2008 in Quebec City to having three in 2016 in Windsor, female ice hockey is on the rise. The CARHA Hockey World Cup is a great opportunity to showcase the development of women's recreational hockey over the past few years. How exciting for the players to have to opportunity to play against other countries. CARHA Hockey's World Cup also facilitated exhibition games between men’s and women’s team from various countries. The camaraderie among the athletes was at its best, on and off the ice. It was a very rewarding experience to have been part of those games.
What are you looking forward to most about the CARHA Hockey World Cup 2020 in Richmond?
The 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup is going to be more exciting than ever. The city of Richmond hosted the 2010 Olympic Winter Games so they have experience on how to put on a world class event. With the mountains as a backdrop, the mighty Fraser River, I can’t wait to discover the arts and culture that the city has to offer. And of course, reuniting with my peeps. The countdown is on, and I can’t wait.