The North Peace Eagles are in the midst of a transitional season, on the ice and off. The team has lost a couple regulars this year, and it’s showing on the ice, with the team 0-2 so far on the season with losses to Grovedale and Taylor.
The team has had some success, they went 2-2 at the Icebreaker Tournament in Grande Prairie October 25 to 27, but lost to Grovedale again in the semi-final. However, in the end, the team is providing its players what it always has — a chance for women to come together and play competitive hockey and have a fun time later in their careers.
“We’ve had more competitive seasons in the five years I’ve been here, but it’s really about having fun. At this age, that’s what we’re looking for and the Eagles provide that, and that’s why the team has been around as long as it has,” said Eagles player Marissa Jordan.
The Eagles have been hosting a number of try-it sessions and open ice practices this year to encourage interest in women’s hockey and develop players, and that has been paying dividends. An average of six brand-new women to the sport have bee coming out to each session.
“It’s a perfect number because we’re able to spend real time with each of them teaching them things and coaching them,” Jordan said.
One of them has even joined the team, after not having played before this year.
“We said why not, this is why we’re doing this and it’s great to have her on the team,” said Jordan.
The women on the team are making strides apart from the team as well. A number of players, including long-time Eagle Ann Sawyer, will be heading to Austria with a group from Grande Praire in January for the World Masters Games.
“It’s a pretty cool opportunity for them, and there’s lots of chances for women in Fort St. John to continue to play hockey if that’s what they want to do,” Jordan said.
The Eagles are next on the ice this Saturday, November 16, at home against Peace River at the North Peace Arena at 4:45 p.m.
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