Rivalry Series Breaks Record in Seattle
Updated: 2 days ago
Women's Pro Hockey Seattle campaign supporters were at Climate Pledge Arena with 14,551 other fans to see an attendance record smashed for the most people at a women's hockey game in the United States on November 20, 2022.
The third game in the five-game "Rivalry Series" between Team USA vs. Team Canada, featuring the most elite women players in the world, ended with a 4-2 victory for the US, but more importantly let the world know that Seattle is ready for women's pro hockey.
"Not only does this showing display that Seattle is a hockey town, but it also encourages the hope that the 206 will get a professional women’s hockey team of their own at some point." written by Circling Seattle Sports.
Women's Pro Hockey Seattle had over 60 people cheering on both teams in a group section, another 50 people across 2 suites, with hundreds of other campaign supporters opting to sit in the lower bowl to see the action up-close!
US Olympian and campaign spokesperson, Kelly Stephens Tysland, along with youth spokesperson, Maealie Glanzer, met people before the game at the Climate Pledge historic "Living Wall" where they signed autographs and handed out campaign mascot, Biscuit. Over 300 people went through the autograph line in 45 minutes before the puck dropped.
Kelly and Mae where also featured in an interview during at TV timeout on the arena's jumbotron.
Prior to the game and the attendance record announced, Kelly was asked about why it is so important to her to build a fan base for a future women's pro team, Kelly said: "There already is a huge fan base for women's pro hockey. We just want to rally them together in Seattle in preparation for a future team".
After the game, Zoe Harris, Women's Pro Hockey Seattle founder said, "I don't think we can comprehend just yet the impact of the week-long activities and the record-breaking game is going to have on so many aspects of the women's and girls' game, a future pro team in Seattle, and more importantly for the young people that experienced it. I think many of them just saw what was achievable for the women's pro game here, and for them personally... bigger dreams for themselves in hockey... seeing what is possible if they dare to dream."
A great deal of thanks needs to go to the USA Hockey and Seattle Kraken event teams who put on a week of amazing activities with the US National Team for the community, and an epic game that will be remembered forever.
Photos from the Game
-- Photos by Andy Glass Photography
-- Photos from Alicia Crank, Zoe Harris, the Glanzer family, and other supporters
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