Ice hockey is for girls

The Bushweller girls from left: Kayleigh, age 10, and Karina, age 7, in ice hockey gear on their outdoor ice rink last winter.

By Scott Bushweller

Having the World Women’s Hockey Championships at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House and Cairns Arena this past winter was so exciting. Fans could feel the energy in the air and the excitement in the stands. It brought back wonderful childhood memories when my family and friends would be cheering for my team as we skated up and down the ice rink. When I was young, hockey was a sport you only saw boys playing. Times have changed and now there are increasing opportunities for girls to play hockey.

It is important to note that in girls hockey there is no checking so the emphasis is on fast skating, nifty stick handling, and passing. Last year, my 7-year old daughter tried mini-mite hockey. This year, she will be on the U8 girl’s hockey team. My older daughter, age 10, will be trying hockey for the first time on the Chittenden South Burlington (CSB) U10 girls team. There are plans to arrange jamboree tournaments at Jay Peak, UVM, Middlebury College, and Dartmouth College.

In order to support this overall effort, Brent Truchon, former Middlebury College hockey player, has organized six “Just For Fun” hockey sessions for girls 10 and under at the UVM Gutterson Field House. For girls in this age group who have never played hockey, Truchon has invited them to participate free of charge. There are two sessions available on Thursday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 23.  If this is something you think your daughter might want to try, contact me at sbushweller@comcast.net or 922-4642.

Alternatively, there will be a “Try Hockey For Free” for girls at Cairns Arena on Oct. 13 and 14. The Dorset Park Skating Association is providing the ice time and the CSB Hockey Organization will host. If you find that your daughter wants to learn how to play hockey, consider signing her up through the CSB Hockey Organization. For more information about Chittenden South Burlington Hockey, visit www csbhockey.com.

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