The post below is regarding the 2010 Winter Olympics, during which Canadian women hockey players took the gold. The post below was originally written in 2010, but has since been reposted here.
See also our 2nd post on this topic: Canadian women's hockey - why is it not televised more often???
Not a lot of women around the world play hockey. Heck, not a lot of
men do either. As a sport its really only popular in Canada, the USA,
northern Europe and Russia. There are other countries who send women's
hockey teams to the Olympics, but its really only a token effort because
they don't really spend much on their teams beyond buying all the women
on the team a custom hockey jersey and paying for their transportation
to the Olympics. Just a hunch, but the women on the poorer country teams
probably have to pay for their hockey equipment.
The problem doesn't end there
however. There is no professional Women's Hockey League televised on TV
or broadcast on the internet. Women hockey players are basically unpaid
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) is
thinking of dumping women's hockey as a sport because nobody else has
been able to beat Canada or the USA in hockey. Not even the Russians or
the Swedes, or any other Scandinavian country which is usually pretty
good at hockey.
This lack of competition has the IOC thinking about dropping the puck on women's hockey and ditching it altogether.
the IIHF World Championships Canada won 9 of the 12 available gold
medals. Team USA won the other 3. At the Olympics Sweden is the only one
to get a silver (by beating Team USA in 2006) and Sweden and Finland
have managed to take home bronzes during other years and at the World
Championships Sweden, Finland and Russia have gained medals, but
likewise have been shut out of the gold.
Part of the
problem is that Canada has a lot more minor/amateur hockey competitions
for women to do / join. Other countries don't have the teams and
tournaments available for young women to join, strengthen their skill in
the sport and get better at it.
look at the scores: The Canadian women's hockey team has scored an
astonishing 140 times and only been scored on 9 times. The USA trails
with 107-12. When our teams are that good it becomes evident the other
teams are just amateurs trying as best as they can.
good news is that many people in North America take hockey as a sport
seriously. There is a market and support for a professional women's
hockey league, but the question of getting it started is the real issue.
Canada has 77,000+ women's hockey players. The USA has 60,000+. Import
the best players from Russia and northern Europe (just like we do for
the NHL) and while the games are hosted in North America it really
becomes an international sport.
hope then is that women's hockey will become a permanent thing with
other countries gaining more experienced players... but at the same time
women's hockey will finally be getting the respect it deserves.
the photos above Team Canada celebrates the gold with beer and cigars.
The behaviour caused a bit of an uproar at the time but it was all in
good fun. (Six years later it seems ridiculous as most people probably don't even remember that incident.)
It should be noted that one of the objections
to women's hockey is the fistfights that sometimes happen. Its
considered normal for hockey, but not normal for women (hence why
women's boxing has had troubles being accepted in the past).
"Its not a sport until a fight breaks out."
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