The Female Development Weekend kicked off on Saturday, February 14th when the University of Manitoba faced the Saskatchewan Huskies (CIS Women’s). The "Experience a Dream" promotion allowed one lucky player the opportunity to partiicpate in the Bisons off-ice and on-ice pre-game warm up, as well as the opportunity to take part in the team’s pre-game meeting. Tess Bracken (Selkirk), and 11 year old peewee player currently playing with the Selkirk Fishermen Minor Peewee AA (Male) was the lucky player drawn to participate in this promotion.
Also featured at the Bisons game was a Feamle Atom Mini-Game during the first intermission which seen 10 Female Atom players from various community centres in Winnipeg take part in a 7-minute scrimmage. During the second intermission 4 Peewee players and 2 Atom players participated in the Hockey Canada Skills Demo, which was a short demonstration of several drills used by the Coach Mentorship Specialty Clinics.
On Sunday, February 15th a "We Are Coaches" Seminar took place with 21 new female coaches getting certified with Coach Level certification. This was a great turn out for the clinic, and is a great step in the long-term development of female hockey, most of the participants are current players who someday hope to coach female hockey at various levels.
Lastly, on Monday, February 16th the Hockey Canada Skills Camp took place at Max Bell Centre which was limited to Female Peewee players. Over 50 players participated in the day camp and received instruction from Hockey Manitoba Lead Instructors, as well as members of the Manitoba Bison (Women) and as well as players from 2008 U-18 Team Manitoba. Also taking place mid-day was an Esso Fun Day with 7 new female participants to hockey taking part in an on-ice and off-ce sessions to introduce them to the game.
Overall this was a great weekend for female hockey in Manitoba, Hockey Manitoba would like to thank all participants and volunteers involved as well as Hockey Canada and the Manitoba Bison!