Kirk Kuppers knew it would be hard but thanks to the product, it's been easier than expected. As president of the Manitoba Women's Junior Hockey League, Kuppers couldn't be happier with the way the season -- the league's first -- has gone.
All the credit goes to the players.
"The year has gone really well," he said of the MWJHL, which will hold its first All-Star Classic today at the Gateway Recreational Centre.
"We're really thrilled with the participation of the young women," he added.
"We created the framework for it, but it wasn't going to work unless the players stepped up.
"We have filled the (women's hockey) void and the players have answered the bell."
Play at high level
The five-team league will have 41 women (including alternates) participating at the all-star game and according to Kuppers, every player has proven to be able to play at a high level.
Building a league from the ground up has been a interesting experience for Kuppers, but the president believes this year -- despite the lack of attention -- will go a long way to ensuring that the MWJHL will not be a one-hit wonder.
"It's not like stepping into something that's well established," he said. "We've been in a learning mode all season long, and that should make us stronger as we go here."
The all-star game starts at 2:15 p.m.
ANDREW AGAIN: For the second time this season, the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League player of the week is Brandon Wheat Kings forward Andrew Gurba.
Gurba had seven points last weekend, pacing the Wheaties to two straight overtime victories.