History of women's hockey

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- 1892 The first documented game is held in Barrie, Ont., two years before the Stanley Cup is awarded for the first time. - 1894 At Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., a female club team -- the Love-Me-Littles -- is formed in defiance of the school's archbishop.

- 1896 Women's teams are formed at McGill University and in the Ottawa Valley.

- 1913 Competitions are held in the Maritimes involving the Red and Blues from Halifax and the Kananites, another Nova Scotia team.

- 1914 Picton wins the first Ontario provincial championship.

- 1916 An international women's tournament is held in Cleveland, Ohio, featuring Canadian and American teams.

- 1921 The University of Toronto defeats McGill University in the intercollegiate championship. The U of T Lady Blues won 11 titles before the league was disbanded in 1933, owing to The Depression.

- 1930s The Preston Rivulettes, one of the greatest dynasties in Canadian sport, dominate female hockey. Between 1930 and 1939, the Rivulettes claimed 10 Ontario, 10 Eastern Canadian and 6 Dominion titles.

- 1935 The Western Shield Championship was established, the longest running women's hockey tournament.

- 1967 The first Dominion Ladies Hockey Tournament is held, featuring 22 teams from Ontario. By 1996, the tournament boasts 200 teams.

- 1970s Teams blossom across Canada. In Montreal, the Cougars and the Titan are formed and in Edmonton, the Chimos are established. Teams also are forming in Sweden, Finland, Japan, China, Korea, Norway, Germany and Switzerland. U.S. college varsity and club teams sprout up.

- 1982 The Canadian National Championship is reintroduced. The Hamilton Golden Hawks defeat the Edmonton Chimos for the championship.

- 1987 The first World Invitational Tournament is held.

- 1990 The first IIHF sanctioned women's world championship is held in Ottawa. Canada beats the Americans in the gold-medal final.

- 1991 Women's hockey is included for the first time at the Canada Winter Games. Alberta wins gold.

- 1992 The IOC votes on July 21 to add women's ice hockey to the calendar of Winter Olympic events as a full medal sport starting in 2002.

- 1993 Team Ontario wins gold at the first junior (under-18) national championship.

- 1995 The first IIHF Pacific Rim Championship is held with Canada, the U.S., China and Japan competing. Canada beats the U.S. to win gold.

- 1996 The inaugural Three Nations Cup is held in the Ottawa area, between Canada, the U.S. and Finland. Canada beats the U.S. 1-0 in the final.

- 1997 The fourth women's World Championship serves as the qualifying event for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Canada wins gold.

- 1998 Women's hockey makes its first appearance in the Winter Olympic Games with the U.S. winning Olympic gold.

- 2002 Canada captures its first Olympic gold medal, beating the U.S.

- 2004 Canada captures its eighth consecutive World Championship.


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