Women’s ice hockey has come a long way in a relatively short span. In 1987, the first ever Women’s World Hockey Tournament was held. In 1990, the first fully sanctioned IIHF Women’s World Championship was held. In 1992, the International Olympic Committee voted to add women’s hockey to its calendar of Winter Olympic events. In 1998, women’s hockey made its first appearance as a full medal sport in Nagano, Japan.
In Canada, the majority of women’s hockey is played in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) represented by 29 schools in four divisions. In the U.S., women’s hockey is primarily played in the NCAA Division I represented by 33 schools in four divisions Ice Hockey .
These Canadian and American University and College female hockey programs have produced household hockey names like Hayley Wickenheiser, Cassie Campbell, Angela Ruggiero, and Cammi Granato. Prior to these women, female hockey playing role models were virtually non-existent. Who will be the next generation of trail-blazers?
Hockey Scouts and hockey coaches can now sit back in the comfort of their offices or homes instead of the hard benches at frozen rinks and quickly search for the young lady who will help their hockey team win championships. Whether it’s a young woman who wants to move from midget hockey to high school hockey or a prep school hockey program, or, a young woman who has her sights set on playing in the NCAA or CIS, Now, an online hockey recruiting and scouting service can help them as well as hockey scouts, recruiters, and hockey coaches succeed at the same time.
Taking advantage of Internet technology, a hockey player can now send their very own unique personalized player profile to a database of teams and schools they want to play for, and include individual pictures and videos, to showcase their hockey skills to determine their own hockey-playing futures. It really is that simple.
Women’s hockey in particular suffers from a funding imbalance compared to their male counterparts, placing the scouting of women hockey players at a distinct disadvantage. What is the solution? The concept of an online do it yourself recruiting service not only levels the scouting playing field, but also empowers female hockey players to become the best they can be, playing for the best teams they can play for. Knowing that there is a service that offers a solution to the ‘where do I play now’ and ‘how do I get noticed’ questions, is not only reassuring, but also fills a large void in women’s hockey scouting.