Calgary Inferno forward Kelty Apperson chats with a few young fans ahead of the second period against the Toronto Furies during a Canadian Women’s Hockey League game at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre as a part of Hockey Alberta Female Hockey Day. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Female Hockey Day creates lasting impact for all players

The game between the Calgary Inferno and Toronto Furies was the cherry on top for Female Hockey Day.

With more than 600 fans in the stands at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre for that one, the game was an important anchor to a full day of activity.

From on-ice development opportunities to off-ice question and answer sessions with professional female hockey players, the first Female Hockey Day put on by Hockey Alberta was a complete success.

“A lot of excitement around the rink that’s for sure,” said Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Female Hockey Kendall Newell.

“We had about 160 girls, coaches and officials all here doing some development and some parent sessions as well. Just trying to inform and better develop the female game. Obviously, the game showcased what is the potential and what the game has to offer.”

Players all the way from Fort Saskatchewan to Airdrie and everywhere in between participated in the event throughout the day. Players of all ages got to participate in an on-ice session and there was also an adult try-it introduction to the game later in the day Saturday.

“This wasn’t just a Red Deer event it was truly a Central Alberta event,” Newell said.

“Definitely to grow the game and give it a big platform to showcase and highlight female hockey. We’ve had a strong push in our office to grow the female game and introducing it to new participants.”

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