Flagstaff program part of the growth in girls game in Arizona
Girls are rising into competitive hockey here in Arizona and we’re seeing an increase even up here in our mountain town.
This year, the FYHA Northstars had five girls playing at a competitive level, which is more than we have seen in quite some time. Between ASU women’s hockey, Lyndsey Fry and the AZ Lady Coyotes putting on more and more clinics to reach out to the girls, we’re seeing the interest in this amazing sport grow like never before.
At the club level, we have six girls registered and we’re hoping with the help of the Little Howlers that we will have more come to try it out. This last year alone, we had three girls at the 12U White division go undefeated in the state tournament and another one of our girls, Lily Sabol, be an integral part of the 10U White state championship team.
Stephani Allen, board member for the Northstars: “It has been great to see our association open up and find more ways to have gals involved. This year, we were able to have one of our local girls who is fortunate enough to play on the Lady Coyotes 14U team have practices up here. However, the more we can get the exposure for this sport out there to more female athletes, the better. We hope that we can continue to work as a hockey community within our state and grow this sport. We have so much female talent amongst all of the associations here in Arizona and for that, we feel proud and excited to be a part of it.”
Something the FYHA association would like to implement in 2018-19 is hosting a few of those clinics in Flagstaff in an effort to make it more accessible for local girls to participate.
We will keep everyone posted on the progress.
— Stephani Allen
(May 1, 2018)