As the sport of women’s ice hockey continues to grow, the year 2012 featured many historic moments. Although there are many more great moments to come in 2013, the events of 2012 serve as a fantastic foundation upon which to build great memories in the future.
Many legendary players found themselves thrust into a long overdue spotlight. The IIHF Women’s Worlds in Burlington, Vermont served as the backdrop for two such players. Florence Schelling lead Switzerland to an IIHF bronze, and Caroline Ouellette scored the biggest goal of her career, as she scored the gold medal clinching goal in overtime for Canada.
It was also a year in which to root for the underdog. The NCAA postseason found national powerhouses Cornell and Mercyhurst upset in the postseason. One of the most inspiring underdogs was the amazing Ashley Gilbank. The women’s hockey coach valiantly rollerbladed across Canada for mental health research.
The year ended on a tremendous note as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League entered into a landmark sponsorship agreement with the CWHL’s Toronto Furies and Team Alberta hockey clubs, respectively. The agreement would be commemorated with a match at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.