Elk Valley Minor Hockey Association is running the Female Hockey Program again this year. Last year was the first season in a few years that there was a female hockey team in the valley again. Jenn Stevens, the female coordinator for the Elk Valley Wild grew up playing with the Fernie Bladerunners. The valley was once considered a force to be reckoned with and Jenn is hoping to rebuild a competitive female program in the Rocky Mountain Female Hockey League, the only female league in the area.
According to the BC Hockey survey of the 2015-2016 season between Fernie Minor Hockey Association and the Elk Valley Minor Hockey Association there was a total of 44 girls registered. In the 2016-2017 season there was 36 girls registered, and in 2017-2018 there was 32 girls registered. Last year the association was able to increase the numbers and have 18 registered with the girls team. We had a few figure skaters, to straight up beginners. Not only did we have girls register to play but the team also had a full female coaching staff.
Last year was the first year Elk Valley Wild created a team of girls ranging in age from 8-15. It was a wide range of age and experience levels in the sport. We only practiced once every two weeks and entered in two tournaments. One was in Okotoks and the other in Cranbrook. The team also managed to reach out and make contacts for future games.
This next year (2020/2021) the Elk Valley Wild is looking to grow the program for girls aged 7-10 and 11-16. Jenn has made contact with the Rocky Mountain Female League for future games and tournaments.
The more girls that are registered for spring registration the better our chances of acquiring a regular practice time. This will enable us to continue to develop this program and have a comfortable and safe place for girls to play hockey. It costs $50 to preregister there are no costs for the season at the moment till we are able to see the numbers of girls who want to participate. You can either email Jenn, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send the link or you can visit the Elk Valley Wild website and preregister there at Elkvalleyminorhockeyassociation.teamsnapsites.com.