May 13, 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs Empower Girls at Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest

There are a lot of reasons to get excited about women’s hockey. 

This year the Olympic women’s hockey final between Canada and the U.S. was watched by nearly 13 million Canadians.

The Toronto Furies took home the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) Clarkson Cup title.

On Sunday, May 11, the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted their third annual Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest giving over 350 female hockey players the chance to learn from Olympic gold medalists and Canadian women’s hockey stars Sami Jo Small, Vicky Sunohara and members of the Toronto Furies.

Interesting fact….registration for this event reached full capacity in a record setting time of 24 hours.

As a former Women’s NCAA Division I hockey player, I’m excited to see where the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, and Toronto Furies can take the women’s game.

I was honoured to be invited to lead the off-ice training sessions on Sunday. It was extremely inspiring.

Special shout out to Rebecca Davies – member of the Community Partnerships team at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), General Manager of the Toronto Furies, and overall exceptional ambassador for women’s hockey – for her work bringing the event to life.

Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest Toronto was free to all participants and offered girls the opportunity to improve their on and off-ice hockey skills with coaching from some of the best female hockey players in the world and influential female athletes from MLSE. This program was open to girls aged 7-12 from three levels of minor hockey, novice, atom, and peewee.

The day featured a community session led by the MLSE Foundation, teaching participants about the importance of giving back to the community, and a keynote address from Sami Jo Small and Vicky Sunohara on the importance of being part of a team and the hard work, dedication and determination that helped them reach their goals both on and off the ice.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies are so proud to partner with Scotiabank to provide young females with such an incredible hockey development program,” said Maple Leafs Vice-President of Hockey Operations, Dave Poulin. “The sport is growing significantly in the female demographic and as a hockey organization we want to make sure that girls have equal opportunities to succeed and develop that young males do."

The Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest follows the Toronto Marlies 4th Annual Women’s Hockey Day in January 2014 and builds on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, and Toronto Furies goal of providing experiences that empower girls and young women through hockey to inspire and develop future leaders.

All Toronto Maple Leafs Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest participants received a complimentary pair of Toronto Marlies playoff tickets to Game 4 on Friday, May 16, 2014 where members of the CWHL 2014 Clarkson Cup champions Toronto Furies will also be in attendance for autographs and photo opportunities.

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