Ice hockey -- a sport of speed, endurance, and toughness you maybe not very familiar with, but you must have watched ice hockey game on television. The knocks, bumps and speed are legendary, it also need good skating skills. Today ice hockey has become one of the international competitions, it has male team and female team. Here we take a look at where the women's ice hockey began, where it is now, and perhaps, where ice events like hockey are heading.

Unlike in today's game hockey players has their professionalto play, in those past days it was a custom for women to wear long skirts to play hockey. To do like this is just for decorum, not for pragmatism! Standard attire also included turtleneck sweaters and hats. A photograph taken in 1890 outside Government House of Isobel is thought to be the first recorded image of women playing ice hockey.

Women's ice hockey reached its first peak around the 1920s and 1930s, by which time there were teams, leagues and tournaments in almost every region of Canada and in a few areas of the US. There was an East-West competition in Canada annually, the winner of which was crowned national champion. Throughout the 1930s, the game was dominated by the Preston Rivulettes, who were the first dynasty in women's hockey.

The women's ice hockey( as well as men's ) declined over when World War II raged and hockey again came to be regarded, by default, as the preserve of men and boys.When a court ruled against Abby Hoffman, a nine-year old girl who challenged the policy of only allowing boys to play in minor hockey, women's hockey was struck a blow in 1956 . This courageous revolutionary of the hockey world had already played most of the season with the boys team, disguising herself by wearing her hair short and dressing at home.

In the next three decades,the game experienced a slow growth in the whole world, until in 1990 eight countries contested the first Women's World Ice Hockey Championship. Following this, hockey made its debut among the other ice events on the ice rink at the Winter Olympics in Japan in 1998. In recent years, the women's ice hockey seems to get more and more popular. The number of teams and players seems not to have yet peaked, and there have been many first on the ice rink by women recently.

Now in Hong Kong, women's ice hockey seems also become prominent, MegaIce, Cityplaza Ice Palace, and Skyrink Hong Kong, which was the first ice rink to allow women's ice hockey in the country. Most of these beautiful facilities are located in shopping malls. One of the few freestanding ones, MegaIce, is the only international sized rink in Hong Kong.

Now teams with both male players and female player are become more common, they also wear the same to make sure the unitarity. Maybe this will be the new trend of ice hockey in the future in many countries. Though the prejudice and obstruction frustrates girls and women who love ice hockey to play are getting less, we sincerely hope they will be ceased completely in the future.

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