"Hockey for Her" At The Chicago Wolves

"Hockey for Her" At The Chicago Wolves
Is this the future of the NHL? It's certainly a common occurrence north of the border in the Canadian Women's Hockey League, which boasts one American team, the Boston Blades. Women's hockey is gaining popularity on the planet.

 As a hockey mom, do you ever wish you could understand what your pee-wees are doing out there?

Have you ever dreamed of gliding on the ice yourself, like 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Olympic Gold Medalist, and Downers Grove native Cammie Granato?

Or, Manon Rhéaume, the first and only woman ever to play in a National Hockey League exhibition game? Don’t know this story? I sure didn’t. According to Wikipedia,  in 1992 Rhéaume, a goaltender, signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL, appearing in preseason exhibition games in 1992 and 1993. She spent five years in professional minor leagues, playing for a total of seven teams and appearing in 24 games. She also played on the Canada women’s national ice hockey team,

Back to you, hockey lover. Daring to take your dream further…becoming the first woman to play in the American Hockey League, home to Illinois rival Chicago Wolves, Peoria Rivermen, and the Rockford Icehogs?

Whatever your reasons, it’s worth checking out this opportunity: For ONE NIGHT ONLY, the Chicago Wolves, daring souls that they are, lift the AHL’s ban on women in their locker rooms.  And opening the doors to make you feel like a hockey star at the same time. 

The Wolves will host their sixth “Hockey For Her” event on Tuesday, December 11, from 6:30–8:30 p.m., at the team’s practice facility at the Triphahn Community Center and Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates.

The coaches and players and trainers customize a clinic for women. Participants can put on the gear, learn strategy and do “other cool things,” according to a communication from their Director of Public Relations.

Even better, you get to meet some pretty hot commodities in Chicago Wolves hockey. Goaltenders Eddie Lack and Matt Climie, right wings Andrew Gordon and Zack Kassian, center Steve Pinizzotto, and defenseman Kevin Connauton, say they promise to “a unique insight” to the game, off-ice workouts, coaching philosophies and an equipment and shooting demonstration.

Wolves coaching staff will also be in attendance.

The cost of the evening is $40 and proceeds benefit Chicago Wolves Charities, which provides support for numerous area charities benefiting girls in sports, at-risk children and other important social services.

The clinic comes at a time when girl’s and women’s hockey, according to Jamie Fitzpatrick of about.com,  is one of the fastest growing games in the world. Women forechecking and cross-checking each other has increased a whopping 350 percent in the last 10 years. In 2011, Canada had 85,827 women players, and the United States 65,609 (source: Wikipedia).

Additionally, SB Nation recently ran a story about NCAA women’s hockey, which is exploding in the Midwest and East Coast. Erstwhile men’s rivalries, including Boston College and Harvard, and Midwestern rivals Minnesota and Wisconsin are now spilling over into the women’s game.

For more information about “Hockey for Her,” contact Becky Jarosch at the Chicago Wolves, (847) 832-1954 or bjarosch@chicagowolves.com.

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