The Western Womens Hockey League entered the 2006-2007 season with a great feeling that women’s hockey across the continent was finially coming together for what was best for the game. We felt the idea was right, two divisions, two schedules, some exhibion play between divisions, and a National Championship prior to the World Championships. We failed our players and our supporters by not accomplishing our goals. Unfortunately, our eastern friends pulled their support for the league for the 2007-2008 season.
Today as we enter our fourth year in the WWHL, we have a renewed hope that our goals can be reached. The players in the east have banned together, have taken a negative situation and turned it into a positive step. They are moving forward without the old team structure, forming teams and setting up playing schedules. With the help of Hockey Canada, we are gearing up for a new look Esso National Womens Hockey Championship which will feature the best teams from both leagues next spring.
Now more then ever we need the support of you our fans. We have a great game, a great past and a wonderful future. The support for the game was well felt at the World Championships in Winnipeg this spring with sold out arenas and fans showing support for all teams not just Canada. Please go to Minnesota Whitecaps website and read an article by Pat Borzi of the New York Times called “Women Pay for a Chance to Play”. This article is not only true in the USA, but is true for our Canadian players as well. Every four years we get our National Pride going with our National Women’s Team at the Olympics. Our support is lost shortly after the anthems are played and the teams head home. We need you to be proud of our players every year and everyday no matter the color of the uniform they are wearing that day. We need our players playing to improve skills even more, and we have room to help develop players from other nations so that the games become more competative at the IIHF level.
There is no support too small, all funds given to the Western Womens Hockey League will go directly to the teams for player support. It is our plan that no player will have to pay to play in the future and some of our developing teams can offer their players the same opportunites as the more established teams
Take the time and come see the best hockey players in the world, play in your own backyard. We know you will fall in love with the game.