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Girls Hockey Weekend a Nationwide Celebration

By Mike Scandura - Special to USA Hockey, 10/12/17, 10:30AM CDT

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Participants skated with players from the highest levels

From the players to the parents, it’s fair to say all involved with the seventh annual IIHF World Girls Hockey Weekend considered it a success.        

And that includes USA Hockey Program Services Manager Shannon Webster.

“It’s outstanding to see all the events focused on girls hockey across the country,” said Webster of the 120 events that were held between Oct. 6 and 8 in 31 states. “We’ve seen a 32 percent growth in girls hockey and women’s hockey over the past decade and that can be attributed to our passionate and dedicated volunteers.”

“To say the least, our local volunteers know how to celebrate current players and introduce our great sport to new families.”        

Four NHL teams participated in the weekend, including the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils.       

The Hurricanes hosted a girls clinic on Oct. 8 at PNC Arena.

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