Hamilton Women’s Hockey League hits the ice for 16th season

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

They come from diverse backgrounds. From doctors to teachers, paramedics and homemakers, these hockey players become weekend warriors every Sunday for the Hamilton Women’s Hockey League.

Penny LeFebour had just turned 40 and was looking to improve her fitness level. She quit smoking and began searching for a recreational activity that would provide a good cardio workout and an enjoyable experience.

A male co-worker suggested she try playing hockey. LeFebour initially joined a local men’s league, but after visiting the arena she saw scores of women just like her, lugging bags of hockey equipment. That’s when she discovered the HWHL, a senior recreational league designed for players of all skill levels.

Now in its 16th year, the HWHL features 36 teams and more than 470 players. It’s believed to be Ontario’s largest senior women’s recreational league. With six tiers of play, participation is open to all women 20 and up. Tier 1 consists of women who have more experience and a high skill level. Tier 6 is designed for beginners. Players are asked to rate their abilities at the start of the season, when they are assigned to a tier.

“It gives everybody an opportunity,” said LeFebour. “We draw players from all walks of life.”

LeFebour plays for the Tier 3 Blizzards, who got off to a winning start last Sunday at Wentworth Arenas. She recorded three assists in an 8-0 win over Wheezy’s Warriors.

The HWHL added four more teams this year. Most players come from the Hamilton area, but some come from as far away as St. Catharines and Simcoe. Games are officiated according to Ontario Women’s Hockey Association rules. No slap shots are permitted.

Every Sunday, from now until mid-March, the league hosts 18 Sunday games at Wentworth Arenas at 1249 Wilson St. E., Ancaster.

League president Anne Marie Cote said the median player age is 38. Players’ ages range from 20 to 63.

The HWHL still needs goaltenders to fill roster spots in the Tier 6 (beginners) level. The league has its own goalie equipment available to loan.

The HWHL’s new website can be found at www.hwhm.ca which contains contact information, registration details, scores, statistics and more.

Hamilton Women’s Hockey League hits the ice for 16th season

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

They come from diverse backgrounds. From doctors to teachers, paramedics and homemakers, these hockey players become weekend warriors every Sunday for the Hamilton Women’s Hockey League.

Penny LeFebour had just turned 40 and was looking to improve her fitness level. She quit smoking and began searching for a recreational activity that would provide a good cardio workout and an enjoyable experience.

A male co-worker suggested she try playing hockey. LeFebour initially joined a local men’s league, but after visiting the arena she saw scores of women just like her, lugging bags of hockey equipment. That’s when she discovered the HWHL, a senior recreational league designed for players of all skill levels.

Now in its 16th year, the HWHL features 36 teams and more than 470 players. It’s believed to be Ontario’s largest senior women’s recreational league. With six tiers of play, participation is open to all women 20 and up. Tier 1 consists of women who have more experience and a high skill level. Tier 6 is designed for beginners. Players are asked to rate their abilities at the start of the season, when they are assigned to a tier.

“It gives everybody an opportunity,” said LeFebour. “We draw players from all walks of life.”

LeFebour plays for the Tier 3 Blizzards, who got off to a winning start last Sunday at Wentworth Arenas. She recorded three assists in an 8-0 win over Wheezy’s Warriors.

The HWHL added four more teams this year. Most players come from the Hamilton area, but some come from as far away as St. Catharines and Simcoe. Games are officiated according to Ontario Women’s Hockey Association rules. No slap shots are permitted.

Every Sunday, from now until mid-March, the league hosts 18 Sunday games at Wentworth Arenas at 1249 Wilson St. E., Ancaster.

League president Anne Marie Cote said the median player age is 38. Players’ ages range from 20 to 63.

The HWHL still needs goaltenders to fill roster spots in the Tier 6 (beginners) level. The league has its own goalie equipment available to loan.

The HWHL’s new website can be found at www.hwhm.ca which contains contact information, registration details, scores, statistics and more.

Hamilton Women’s Hockey League hits the ice for 16th season

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

They come from diverse backgrounds. From doctors to teachers, paramedics and homemakers, these hockey players become weekend warriors every Sunday for the Hamilton Women’s Hockey League.

Penny LeFebour had just turned 40 and was looking to improve her fitness level. She quit smoking and began searching for a recreational activity that would provide a good cardio workout and an enjoyable experience.

A male co-worker suggested she try playing hockey. LeFebour initially joined a local men’s league, but after visiting the arena she saw scores of women just like her, lugging bags of hockey equipment. That’s when she discovered the HWHL, a senior recreational league designed for players of all skill levels.

Now in its 16th year, the HWHL features 36 teams and more than 470 players. It’s believed to be Ontario’s largest senior women’s recreational league. With six tiers of play, participation is open to all women 20 and up. Tier 1 consists of women who have more experience and a high skill level. Tier 6 is designed for beginners. Players are asked to rate their abilities at the start of the season, when they are assigned to a tier.

“It gives everybody an opportunity,” said LeFebour. “We draw players from all walks of life.”

LeFebour plays for the Tier 3 Blizzards, who got off to a winning start last Sunday at Wentworth Arenas. She recorded three assists in an 8-0 win over Wheezy’s Warriors.

The HWHL added four more teams this year. Most players come from the Hamilton area, but some come from as far away as St. Catharines and Simcoe. Games are officiated according to Ontario Women’s Hockey Association rules. No slap shots are permitted.

Every Sunday, from now until mid-March, the league hosts 18 Sunday games at Wentworth Arenas at 1249 Wilson St. E., Ancaster.

League president Anne Marie Cote said the median player age is 38. Players’ ages range from 20 to 63.

The HWHL still needs goaltenders to fill roster spots in the Tier 6 (beginners) level. The league has its own goalie equipment available to loan.

The HWHL’s new website can be found at www.hwhm.ca which contains contact information, registration details, scores, statistics and more.