“Treat me like a normal player. Don’t think of it as a girl, that I stand out. I want to be a normal teammate to all the boys. I want to be a family with them.” Taya Currie (https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/31577067/goalie-taya-currie-selected-sarnia-sting-becomes-first-female-ontario-hockey-league-draft-pick)
It’s sad to think, when I first heard this, I thought it was a fake article. I’m so very happy to report that it is not! The Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection has Drafted it’s first female hockey player, with their 267th overall. She holds the role of goaltender on a team which truly respects her. To think of the demand that position requires, to be always focused, having pucks and players rushing you at all times, it’s truly a complement to her coaching staff and herself, for getting to this historic point.
I think what I enjoy about this most, is how we are seeing this emergence of females playing the, “dangerous sports” that some once thought only men could handle. I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be male leagues, of course not, what I’m saying is that very few know there is a WNHL, just as the WNBA is often forgotten as well. It’s time we shine a spotlight on these leagues, cheer them on just as loud as the men, and encourage young ladies to push the stereotypes, which have lasted far too long.
“I can be a role model for so many young girls to follow their dreams.” (Taya Currie, OHLTV, https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/31577067/goalie-taya-currie-selected-sarnia-sting-becomes-first-female-ontario-hockey-league-draft-pick)
Today the Junior league, tomorrow, I can’t wait to see! Good luck, Taya!