Big Game Changer: how the NHL made changes for women

Rebecca Lawrence / Jan 23, 2020

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.”

“The fact that women are invited here to play its advertised locally shows that there are women in hockey, and it is something that you can be a part of.”

Jenna LaineTritons Player / Managerhttps://

“When I’m on the ice I just forget about everything and all it is, is playing hockey and you know it’s a good escape for me, that’s why I love it.” -Jenna Laine

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Jenna Laine gearing up for her second game in the Pacific Cup.

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Change on a big stage

This coming All-Star Weekend will feature a three-on-three battle between the best female hockey players from Canada and the United States. Some women will also participate in the skills competition as well.

Malorie Aubry is another player and manager for the Tritons. She said the change in the All-Star Weekend could do more than just showcase women’s skills; its all about inspiring young girls to join the sport.

“When I started playing hockey there was no female leagues to play in so I grew up playing guys hockey,” said Aubry.

“It’s crucial to get awareness out there,” Aubrey told BCIT News, “I think the three-on-three brings great awareness and encourages younger girls to start playing hockey.”

“It’s about time that we’ve come this way. It’s kind of nice to see the women’s team getting some recognition and air time on the main stream.”

Malorie AubryTriton Player and Managerhttps://

The NHL foundation has also pledged $100,000 to girl’s hockey associations.

Set to lace up their skates on Friday is Canadian hockey stars Blayre Turnbull and Mélodie Daoust.

And it’s not just the players. The referees and officials will all be female as well.

Laine and Aubry plan on watching the game together with the rest of the team, and continue to inspire women to hop on the ice.