Women on Ice

By (author): Wayne Norton

Women on Ice opens up the almost unknown story of women’s ice hockey in western Canada during the First World War and the 1920s. The Vancouver Amazons, with their championship laurels and a close association with hockey’s famous Patrick brothers, were perhaps the most famous, but they were only one of a number of hockey teams that met during the annual Banff winter carnivals to compete for the women’s ice hockey championship of western Canada.

Meticulously researched and studded with captivating photos, the book introduces us to a whole host of teams from British Columbia and Alberta – the Regents, the Hollies, the Rustlers, the Amazons, the curiously named Swastikas, and many more – teams that deserve to be legendary, but are now largely forgotten.

Although the crowds at women’s games were sometimes bigger tan the men’s, the popularity of women’s hockey declined in the 1930s. Subsequently, the history of all women’s teams in western Canada was consigned to obscurity. In Women on Ice, Wayne Norton rescues much of the detail and drama of hockey’s fascinating history.


Wayne Norton

Wayne Norton was born in Calgary, raised as an Air Force brat in Canada and Scotland, and now lives in Victoria, BC. Wayne’s teaching career in British Columbia and England involved classes ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in subjects such as music, special education and history. More recently, he worked as a research consultant for the Indian Residential School Resolution Process. With degrees in history from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, Wayne enjoys exploring neglected topics. In his many published books and articles Wayne has delved into Canadian music from the Great War, women’s ice hockey, public health, and the local histories of Kamloops and Fernie. His most recent book, Fernie at War: 1914-1919, won the Community History Award from the BC Historical Federation. Wayne is a member of historical associations in Victoria and Fernie. He notes that his three young grandchildren continue to delight—even as they remind him how quickly time passes by. 


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166 Pages
10in * 7.5in * .47in


October 01, 2009


Ronsdale Press



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