For years, hockey has been a male-dominated sport but at this rink, young women are dominating the ice. Bringing new meaning to the phrase, play like a girl.
The president of the Siouxland Youth Hockey Association says girls hockey is the fastest growing girls sport in the world. Siouxland is no exception. The sport began to gain traction after Siouxland Youth Hockey held their first all-girls event.
“It was highly successful! So we knew then it was time for us to go to the next level and offer a regular program,” said Tiffany Barrs Kane President of The Siouxland Youth Hockey Association.
The girls were all for it.
“You get to practice with people you can actually talk to and you have teammates that can be your friends,” said Claire Gann one of the girls in the program.
“You go really fast on the ice you get to be excited when you score goals,” said Karissa Barrett another girl in the program.
Many of the girls grew up watching their brothers on the ice.
“We have lots of girls that want to play hockey. They come and they watch their brothers every single week play and there here for countless hours during the week. It’s just a great place for these girls to come Sunday and really have a sense of unity with one another,” said Nichole Bunce the coordinator of girls hockey.
Kirsten Brockhoff is one of the coaches, she wishes there was a program like this when she was young but is grateful to be apart of the process for the youngsters playing now.
“I feel like I learn from them as much as they learn from me,” said Brockhoff.
For information on how to sign up for the free “Try Hockey” event this weekend click here.