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World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend Starts Saturday

By Minnesota Hockey, 10/03/17, 10:00AM CDT

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21 Minnesota Communities Set to Celebrate Girls Hockey

The 2017 IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend (WGIHW) will take place this Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8.  Now in its seventh year, World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend acts as a global celebration of girls’ hockey, and provides young girls an opportunity to try the sport.

As a leader in all areas of girls and women’s hockey, Minnesota has a number of reasons to celebrate the current status of the sport in our state during WGIHW.  Most importantly, there are more girls playing hockey in Minnesota than ever before. A key part of that has been four consecutive years of growth at the youngest age levels, and the exciting part is there’s still room to grow.

“There are many girls who want to try the great sport of hockey,” said USA Girls’ & Women’s Section Representative for Minnesota, Doug Foster. “Girls’ Hockey Weekend gives the girls an opportunity to experience the game in a fun, social setting.”

Each year 30 or more countries put on over 300 events during WGIHW, with many of them focusing primarily on introducing more girls to the sport. In the United States, common events include try hockey ice sessions, bring-a-friend skates, season kick-off parties and scrimmages among current teams, and Minnesota is no exception.

This year 16 communities have committed to host a WGIHW event. An overview of locations and types of events is available right/below. Links to the try hockey hosts are available here

To follow along with World Girls’ Hockey Weekend, search for #girlshockey or #WGIHW on Twitter and Instagram.

For a full list of participating locations around the world, click here.

Day Time Location Type of Event
Saturday 8:30 AM Chaska Try Hockey & Season Kickoff
Saturday 9:00 AM Northfield
Saturday 10:00 AM Sartell Try Hockey
Saturday 11:00 AM Apple Valley Season Kickoff & Social
Saturday 12:00 PM Mora
Saturday 12:00 PM St. Paul
Saturday 2:00 PM Pequot Lakes Try Hockey
Saturday 2:00 PM Red Wing Try Hockey
Saturday 2:15 PM West St. Paul
Saturday 5:30 PM Two Harbors
Saturday 6:30 PM New Prague Try Hockey
Sunday 9:00 AM Buffalo Try Hockey & Season Kickoff
Sunday 9:15 AM Maple Grove Try Hockey
Sunday 10:00 AM Princeton
Sunday 12:00 PM Willmar
Sunday 12:45 PM Richmond
Sunday 2:00 PM Fergus Falls
Sunday 3:00 PM Albert Lea Try Hockey
Sunday 3:00 PM Brainerd Try Hockey & Season Kickoff
Sunday 3:00 PM Delano Try Hockey
Sunday 3:30 PM Eden Prairie Try Hockey

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