Parade of Jerseys/Shinny Game in Ottawa Feb.9,2013.

Submitted by Elizabeth Etue on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:04 in News

Parade of Jerseys and Shinny Game on the Rideau Canal, Ottawa.

Team Canada Alumni invite fans to join them in the Parade of Jerseys, a special 2013 Winterlude event!

Parade of Jerseys - Wear your favourite hockey jersey and skate down the Rideau Canal as part of the Hockey Day in Canada and 2013 World Championship celebration events
When: Saturday February 9th, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: On the Rideau Canal at Bronson Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario.

The Alumni Shinny Showdown
: will be played on the Canal at the National Arts Center, following the Parade. The shinny game will be played between the Ottawa Senators Alumni and the Team Canada Alumni at 11 AM.

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Danielle Goyette:2013 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Interview.

Submitted by GuestBlog on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 12:07 in News

A class of her own in 2013.  The new year will be full of big events for Danielle Goyette. She will be one of the winners of the 17th class of the IIHF Hall of Fame to be inducted on May 19, 2013 on Gold Medal Day of the 77th IIHF Men’s World Championship in Stockholm. She will also be the assistant coach for the senior women's team at the world championship in Ottawa.

Goyette, 46, has an illustrious resume in women’s hockey. She completed her sixth season as head coach of the University of Calgary’s women’s hockey team leading the Dinos to their first CIS national championship in 2012.

Goyette served as an assistant coach with Team Canada during the 2011-12 season, winning a gold medal at the 2012 World Championship and a silver medal at the 2011 4 Nations Cup. She has served twice as an assistant coach with Canada’s Under-18 Team, winning silver medals at the Under-18 World Championship in 2008 and 2009.

As a player, she was a two-time Olympic gold medallist and eight-time world champion who retired following the 2006-07 season and currently sits third all-time in goals (114), fifth in assists (105) and fourth in points (219) in Team Canada history. Here is an interview via email with her about her career and winning the award.

EE: What does it mean for you to be inducted into the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame?
DG: It's a great honor to be recognized internationally. I feel lucky that I played with great players and great teams, without them this would never have happened.

EE: You have just won your first CIS championship (2011/12) with the Calgary Dinos after 6 years as the coach. What were the key elements of that winning team for you?
DG: The way we train off the ice and the commitment of the players to this program. It's a young program and we know we have to get better every year if we want to be successful not only on the ice but in class too. The addition of Hayley Wickenheiser was a big part of our success – she has been a great role model for our players and they learn way faster when they see how hard you have to train every day on and off the ice. As a coach you can tell them what to do but if they see it day after day, it becomes the expectation!

EE: You have a long history in women’s game as a player and now as a coach. How do you think the game has changed?
DG: The Olympics changed the game, now young players dream to represent their country at an young age because now it's possible to play hockey; it's now normal for a girl to play hockey.
This is one of the sports that has evolved the most in the last 15 years. The players are getting better younger, and there are more opportunities for them to play at university level and get scholarships – and not just in the United States. There are lots of really good options to play university hockey and get an education in Canada as well.

EE: You have worked with Canada’s U-18 players; what is the difference in the new generation of players entering the elite game? How are they different from when you were playing?
DG: The players are starting to play and learn the game at a younger age, they have good coaches at a young age.

EE: What do you think are your best qualities as a coach?
DG: Honesty with the players, they know my expectations and I want them to become the best they can.

EE: What advice would give national team players who are looking to be a coach with Hockey Canada?
DG: Play as long as you can, because it’s way easier to be a player then a coach! :) Seriously, you have to be ready to put players first, to make sure they don't have any excuses; that means putting a lot of hours into planning!

EE: What advice would you give players reading this interview who want to play for Team Canada at U-18 level?
DG: You have to be ready to work harder than anybody else and willing to do things that others are not ready to do.

IIHF Wins International Peace and Sports Award.

Submitted by GuestBlog on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:53 in News

IIHF Wins International Sports Federation of the Year at Peace and Sport Awards.

For the development program “Balkan Ice Hockey Union“, the IIHF has been named the International Sports Federation of the Year by the 2012 Peace and Sport Awards.

These awards are meant to “reward the expertise of various stakeholders working for sustainable peace through sport, through initiatives which promote best practices in the field.” The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, 1 November as part of the 2012 Peace and Sport International Forum in Sochi, Russia.

“I am very happy and proud to accept this award on behalf of the IIHF and the Balkan Ice Hockey Union,” said IIHF President and IOC Executive Committee member René Fasel. “It reassures us that we did the right thing by identifying the Balkan region to stage a developmental project of this scale.” 

René Fasel recognizes two former IIHF Council Members for making it possible to launch the “Balkan Ice Hockey Union”.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of Ernest Aljancic and the support from the Vice President of Gazprom, Alexander Medvedev,” said Fasel. “I would like to extend a warm thank you to both Ernest and Alex for their commitment to this cause.”

Encompassing nine countries with a total population of 150 million, the BIHU project aims to extend the regional co-operation between the members during a four-year period with a string of short- and long term programs. The participating nations are: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.

“What makes me real proud is that this goes beyond ice hockey and sport,” said René Fasel. “This is truly also a humanitarian peace project directed to a region which we all know has suffered greatly in the 90s. The project is ice hockey’s contribution of bringing stability, unity and happiness back to the region.”


Angela James: A Review of the New Biography.

Submitted by Elizabeth Etue on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:23 in News

Angela James: the First Superstar of Women’s Hockey by Corey Long and Tom Bartsiokas.

I should acknowledge that I featured Angela James in our book On the Edge, Women Making Hockey History with co-author Megan Williams in 1996. I was looking forward to reading the most up-to-date story in this biography, Angela James: the First Superstar of Women’s Hockey by two new book authors Corey Long and Tom Bartsiokas who also work at Seneca College; an institution that reveres James and retired her number in 2001. She was a student athlete and is a long-time employee in the athletics department. It was a pleasure to see our book referenced throughout the bio.

The James book opens with Angela James induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010; the first women and lesbian to be inducted as well as the second black person. A fitting tribute to a player who is appropriately called a superstar in the women’s game.

Parts of Angela James family story are well known in the hockey world; a mixed race child in a family with a single mother with 4 other siblings and 5 different fathers. Her mother Donna struggled with poverty and depression throughout her life. The authors add much more detail and colour to the story taking the reader through James childhood and family struggles living in Ontario housing called Flemingdon Park. Finding a place in sport especially hockey was a way for James, the outsider to find community, success and ultimately identity.
There is a very telling paragraph on page 20 in the book which explains what motivated Angela James:

Angela would attribute her temper to being what she calls “survival mode” throughout her childhood and adolescence, whether in dust-ups with her sisters or other kids in the Park, she was always on guard. On the ice and on the street Angela was often left without parental supervision and had to fend for herself, her sister and her friends –it shaped her personality as an athlete and an adult. As well Angela was one of the very few black children in Flemingdon Park at the time and people would ridicule her maker her doubt her family lineage, telling her there was no way a black girl could have a white mother and sisters. “You were constantly fighting for who you are,” says Angela. You were always fighting for your identity.”

The book tracks her dominance in college and the women’s club leagues in Ontario in the 80s and 90s. It also takes the reader in specific detail through each of James significant hockey events especially with Team Canada in the 90s. The highlights were the first world championship in 1990 where James was a force with 13 points in 5 games. That world championship also marked a renaissance in the women’s elite game and the launch of Canada’s national team.

James played on Team Canada until 1997 in each world championship but was cut from the team prior to the 1998 Olympics. (She later played for Canada in two 3 Nations tournaments 1999/2000)  It was controversial and a huge disappointment. She was caught in an unfortunate set of circumstances and I believe a misunderstanding. She developed a thyroid condition which went undiagnosed and caused her to lose weight and suffer from fatigue while trying out for the team. James blames the Team Canada coaches for not getting her help. I believe it was up to both the player and the team staff to determine what was amiss and it is clear there was an unfortunate communication problem. In addition elite hockey at that level had been changing exponentially every year since 1990; more systems, more management, more emphasis on training/team play and leadership. It was no longer about one player dominating the game.

Angela James will be remembered for the excitement she brought to the hockey. This book leaves no doubt about her scoring skills and contribution to the national team. Her awards including the arena in Flemingdon Park renamed the Angela James arena are just rewards for a hugely successful life in hockey. The biography is an important addition to the history of the game.

Published by Women's Press Literary an imprint of Three OClock Press.
Title: Angela James: The First Superstar of Women's Hockey.
Cost: $15.00
Paperback: 163 pages with black and white photos through out.

Elizabeth Etue

Austria & Sweden U-18 Teams Winning Again.

Submitted by GuestBlog on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 14:21 in News

Austria - Slovakia 9 - 0 (2 - 0, 5 - 0, 2 - 0)

INNSBRUCK - The Austrian women’s hockey team got off to a flying start at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games, keeping the Slovak offence bottled up and scoring at will to take their first game 9-0.

The Austrian team chemistry was evident in the game early on, with many of the girls coming from the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division 1 one week earlier. Captain Tamara Grascher and forwards Julia Frick and Julia Willenshofer each scored two goals to lead the Austrian attack.

“We trained hard and thankfully we had a very good start,” said forward Anna Meixner. “We had a few days to relax before this tournament and we feel ok."

With the period length at 15 minutes and penalties set at two minutes, the ability of teams to stay out of the box could factor significantly in this tournament. The Slovaks were called for tripping early in the first, giving the Austrian offence even more of an advantage in puck control. Willenshofer got the puck in front on a cross-crease pass from Victoria Hummel at the back of the net and roofed it over goaltender Nikola Kaliska.

Kaliska was under pressure the entire game, while on the other end goaltenders Paula Camilla Marchhart and Julia Pechmann spent most of the time watching their forwards control the puck in the Slovak zone. By the end of the game the shots were 44-3 in favour of the Austrians.

Austria has a date against the Kazakhs next on Saturday, while Slovakia goes up against Germany on Sunday.

Germany – Sweden 0 – 11 (0 – 3, 0 – 4, 0 – 4)

Fresh off their bronze medal campaign at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, Team Sweden appeared in top form during an 11-0 dispatch of the Germans on the opening day of the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

Linn Peterson and Kristin Andersson each scored a hat trick as the Swedes built up an insurmountable lead through two periods. With the majority of Sweden’s IIHF U18 bronze medal winners making up the Olympic squad, the team chemistry amongst the girls was evident. Eight players on Sweden finished with three or more points.

“We were a little tired, but excited to be playing in the Youth Olympics,” said Peterson. “We have a great team and I love playing with my teammates. We want to continue to play our game and keep skating hard, but we also want to have fun. The Olympic experience is so special, you have to enjoy it.”

Andersson opened the scoring less than a minute into the game. Her line mate Malin Wong won a faceoff in the German zone and passed the puck to Andersson, who fired it past netminder Meike Krimphove. Andersson struck again minutes later, skating along the goal line and sneaking the puck into the left side of the net past Krimphove’s outstretched skate.

A goalie switch in the second period did little to help Germany, as Peterson scored all three of her goals in the frame, putting the game out of reach.

In the third period, two breakaway goals by Amanda Lindberg and Johanna Eidensten and a pretty wraparound backhand goal from Emmy Alasalmi rubbed salt into the wounds of the German team, and Sweden walked away with the 11-0 shutout victory.

Sweden, looking like an early favourite in the women’s tournament, will next play Kazakhstan on Sunday. Germany will also play Sunday against the Slovaks, who lost their opening game 9-0 against Austria.

ADAM STEISS courtesy of