Creating the Momentum

Sudbury's women's team, known as the Sudbury Wolves, were tutored by members of the senior men's hockey team, including Sam Rothschild and Bill Duncan.

The instruction provided by these excellent athletes enabled Sudbury's women to become one of the best hockey teams in the north.

In 1926, the Sudbury Wolves, with star team member Kitty Young, won their first Northern Ontario Ladies Hockey Association championship and were slated to play Toronto's hockey team for the Ladies Ontario Hockey Association title in Toronto.  However, for reasons not given, Toronto's team backed out of the competition.

The 1920's were the heyday for women's hockey, but from an organizational standpoint, the sport had begun to decline in popularity.  By the time the Great Depression was in full swing, the sport was all but gone.

The 1960's and 1970's saw a new surge of interest in women's hockey in Sudbury and the sport began to regain some of its former momentum.

Today, women's hockey is an extremely popular sport throughout Canada and the world.  Female hockey players often surpass the men in dedication, skill, and fierce competitiveness.  On a national scale, it is quite possible that the popularity of this sport has surged to a level equal or greater to that once enjoyed in the 1920's.


Material compiled from Homegrown Heroes: A Sports History of Sudbury.

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