With its reputation for aggressive play punctuated by violent fights, ice hockey looks to many modern eyes like a distinctly masculine sport. But, as the historian Andrew C. Holman writes in the Journal of Sport History, when it first caught on in the U.S., it was popular with women as well.

Ice hockey came to the U.S. from Canada at the end of the nineteenth century. Immediately, some women started playing. Holman found surviving photographs of female players, including women’s teams in Philadelphia and student athletes at Mount Holyoke College. But women’s hockey really got serious in the years during and after World War I.
This Ad will be removed when you a member of sportscardforum.com