For the first time in history the NHL is hosting a dedicated event for women in the All-Star Weekend.
Hockey player Jenna Laine said its game-changer for women in sports.
“[I’m] super excited to see the women’s hockey is being represented in the NHL league. Even though they’re not in the NHL, they’re still recognizing women’s sports,” said Laine.
Laine is a player and manager for the Tritons, women’s hockey team that played in the Pacific Cup, a tournament put on by the Canadian Adult Recreational Hockey Association, or CARHA.
The amateur hockey tournament hosted 134 teams over the weekend, and has seen a trend of increased women participation.
“I think we have 12 women’s teams this year and it just grows year by year,” said CARHA volunteer Christine Broadhead.
“It brings together a lot of the hockey players, it’s an amateur hockey association so it’s open to anyone who wants to register.”