SEATTLE GIRLS' & WOMEN'S HOCKEY HISTORY

The following is a 100+ year history of girl's and women's ice hockey in Seattle.

The page is a work-in-progress as we hope to capture 'the firsts' and other historical moments in the sport.

Please contact us if you have suggested updates and changes.

1910s

Seattle Hockeyettes
1917
  • September -- first Seattle women’s ice hockey team

    • Team: Seattle Hockeyettes

    • The Vancouver News-Advertiser reported that wives of the Seattle Metropolitans had assembled a team who played exhibition games against other teams in Seattle.

  • March 10 -- first Seattle girl's ice hockey championship

    • Teams: Seattle Metettes and Glacier Girls

    • The "Mets" defeated the Glacier Girls 1-0

    • Over 400 fans in attendance​

    • The game was covered in the Seattle Sunday Times’ Society section with this text:

      • ‘The members of the “Junior Metettes” hockey team are the girls city champions. The decision was made on Saturday afternoon. March 10, when the “Junior Mets,” as they are called for short, defeated the “Glacier Girls” with a score of 1 to 0. In the most exciting game ever put on by the girls in this city. More than 400 spectators were present at the arena to witness the contest. Girls are not afraid of anything nowdays, it seems. They do practically all boy does in the way of sports; their endurance seems to be equal, if not greater, and with determination and enthusiasm, the boys will have to look to their laurels if they are to keep ahead.’ This generation of girls are physically stronger than the one preceding. Outdoor life, independence, with athletics, account for it. Who ever thought after witnessing a “really and truly” hockey game with the minor features of broken noses, limbs, and cracked heads that the young misses of this day and age would feel like “taking a hand” in the excitement. Yet that is what a number of girls in this city have been doing this winter-playing hockey, ice hockey, just like the boys and men.

 
Seattle Metettes Girls Hockey

1920s

Seattle Vamps
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1920
  • First women's university team

    • Team: University of Washington women's team

    • Established: Unknown

    • The University of Washington's women's ice hockey team played a game in 1920 against the Vancouver Amazons during a Vancouver-Seattle Metropolitans PCHA game. Women's teams typically played during the first and second intermissions of the men’s PCHA games (10 minutes each), and then another 15 minutes after the game with seven skaters per side.

1921
  • February -- first women’s international ice hockey tournament

    • Team: The Seattle Vamps

    • Roster: Miss Gravell, Miss Forang (goal), Miss French, Miss Ferris, Miss Pope, Myrie Kjome, Jerry Reed (captain), Miss Haddon, Florence Kjome

    • Frank Patrick, coach of the Seattle Metropolitans, announced a women's international championship series that would be played in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. "The women played during the first and second intermissions of the men’s games (10 minutes each), and then another 15 minutes after the game. As in the men's PCHA, games were played seven skaters a side."*

    • The three teams that competed were the Seattle Vamps, Vancouver Amazons, and Victoria Kewpies in a six-game series, two in each city to determine the champions.

    • The series event in 1921 was the first women’s tournament to feature more than two teams from at least two countries. It was called the International Ladies’ Hockey League.

    • On February 21, 1921, the Seattle Vamps competed against the Vancouver Amazons in Vancouver with the Amazon defeating the Vamps 5-0 score. The Amazons won the first game of the ILHL season, beating the Vamps 5-0. Goals came from Nan Griffith, who had a hat trick, and Kathleen Carson, who had the other two. Reports mentioned that in the third period Seattle’s Myrie Kjome “received a nasty blow on the head which nearly made her take the count.”*

    • Two days later, the Vamps played against a team from the University of British Columbia and won the game.

    • In both games, the Vancouver media referred to the Seattle team as the Seattle Sweeties.

    • The Amazons traveled to Seattle and defeated them again.

    • On March 2, 1921, the Vamps were defeated by the Kewpies 1-0 in Seattle.

    • In the rematch on March 12, the Vamps travelled to Victoria. The result was a 1-1 tie.

    • Vancouver won the series undefeated and in the first game of Feb 21, 1921: "Kathleen Carson had the most potent shot in the game. Nan Griffith scored seemingly at will, and goalie Amelia Voitkevic never allowed a goal."*

    • After the 1921 season, the Vamps and the Kewpies ceased operations.

 

1970s

1972
  • First modern-day women’s hockey team

    • Team Name:

    • Roster:

    • League: North King County Amateur Hockey League

    • The team was established at Highland Ice Arena in Seattle (now Shoreline, WA) 

    • The team play exhibition games against Canadian teams since they were not allowed to officially join their league as an American team.​

 

1980s

1983
  • First player to play Canadian AAA women's hockey

    • Player: Cindy Daley

    • Cindy drove to Canada to play in the Women’s AAA league when she was 22 years old for the Newton Voyagers (farm team for Surrey) and then the for the Surrey Flyers that went to the National Championship

    • She would not be allowed to play in Canadian National Championship because she was American

    • 1983 - 1986

 

1988
  • First modern-day women's hockey club

    • Name: Seattle Wings Women's Ice Hockey Club

    • Board:

    • The "Seattle Wings: was the first multi-team team club in modern-day

    • From 1988 and over the next 9 years the team included the Seattle Wings, for advanced players, and the Seattle Orcas, which was for beginners and intermediate players

    • The teams were not allowed in the Canadian leagues, however, they played exhibition games against the Canadians and traveled to play in women’s tournaments in Canada and the US, including several USA Hockey National Champions at the B-Level (Seattle Wings)

    • The Seattle Wings Women's Ice Hockey Club was able to host 7 consecutive hockey tournaments (1990 – 1997) until the club's name changed to the Evergreen Female Hockey Association for a short period, and then soon gave birth to the Seattle Women's Hockey Club (SWHC), which was established in 1997.

 
 

1990s

1993(?)
  • First modern-day girls' team

    • Name: NW Admirals

    • Association: Seattle Junior Hockey Association

    • Two girls' teams were established at the 14U and 19U age brackets

1995
  • First girls’ U19 AAA team

    • Team: NW Admirals

    • Association: Seattle Junior Hockey Association

    • Roster:

    • Coaches: Cindy Dayley, Zoë Harris and Michelle Willis (1995 & 1996)

    • First US girls’ or women’s team to join the Canadian league - Lower Mainland Female Hockey League and was the first US team to win the Canadian Lower Mainland Female Hockey League with a record of 19-0 in 1996.

    • Team went to their national and international tournaments and competed for USA Hockey Districts.

    • First players from a girls’ team from WA State recruited to play NCAA D1 and D3 hockey; most notably Brooke Whitney who played for Northeastern and won the Patty Kazmaier Award for as the NCAA D1 Player of the Year (2002).

1997
  • NCAA D1 Player

    • Player: Lauren Trottier

    • Team: Dartmouth (1997 - 2000)

 

  • First women’s club in-house league in WA State

    • Club: Seattle Women’s Hockey Club

    • Board:

    • As of 2021 the club’s in-house league includes with 7+ teams, which include advanced, intermediate and beginner players mixed together for league play.

    • The players also group together by skill level and play in local and international tournaments.

  • First women’s inline hockey league in WA state

    • League: Seattle Women’s Inline Hockey League

    • Administrators: Cindy Dayley and Zoë Harris

    • League under the West Seattle Bridge consisting of 4 teams​​

  • First women’s inline hockey team and national champions in WA State

    • Team: Seattle / sponsored by K2

    • Coaches: Cindy Dayley and Zoë M. Harris

    • Roster:

    • Accolades:

      • Winners of the AIRS National Championship in Las Vegas, NV

      • National Championship MVP: Sarah Calabria

 

  • First girls' collegiately scouted program / first college scouts

    • Group: 49th Parallel Programs

    • Founders: Cindy Dayley, Zoe Harris, and Alan Chim of Vancouver

    • Mission: elite camps, clinics, and teams with US and Canadian (Vancouver) players with the goal for college scout exposure thru tournaments. Placed several players with NCAA D1 teams; held clinics for player exposure for college scouts, which was the first time they ever traveled to the West Coast to scout players.

1998
  • First women to coach a men's US collegiate team

    • Coaches: Cindy Dayley and Zoe Harris

    • Team: University of Washington men's team (1999 - 2004)

    • Accolades:

      • 140-42-1 record in six years​

      • Hockey Hall of Fame – Toronto, Canada: coaching paraphernalia entered in the Hockey Hall of Fame for being the first women to coach a men’s collegiate ice hockey team; (1998)

      • Sports Dedicated Service Award – University of Washington (2004)

      • Coach of the Year – American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) – West Coast; University of Washington men’s ice hockey team; first woman to receive award (2002)

      • Coach of the Year – PAC8 Conference; University of Washington men’s ice hockey; first woman to receive award (2002 & 2004)

1999
  • NCAA D1 Player

    • Player: Brooke Whitney

    • Team: Northeastern University (1999 - 2002)

    • Accolades:

      • 86 goals, 86 assists for 172 points in her 121 games

      • Second-team All-America selection (2000–01)

      • All-ECAC first team selection (2001–02)

      • ECAC All-Academic team (1998–1999)

      • ECAC All-Academic team (2001–2002)

      • ECAC Player of the Year (2002)

      • Everett Herald Woman of the Year in Sports Award (2002–2003)

      • Jeanne Rowlands Award, given to Northeastern's top senior scholar-athlete for the 2001-02 athletic season

      • Northeastern Hall of Fame

      • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2002)

      • USCHO Player of the Week (Week of December 5, 2001)

2000s

2000
  • First person to coach a women's NCAA team from WA State

    • Person: Brooke Whitney

    • Team: Univ. of Connecticut, Graduate Assistant (2004-2005)

    • Team: Boston College, Assistant Coach

  • Founder of national collegiate women's hockey league (ACHA)

    • Person: Zoe Harris - Vice President

      • Cindy Dayley (co-VP), Erin Russ (Commissioner)

    • Association: American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) - Women's Division

    • Accolades:

      • Founded ACHA Women's Division as vice president and grew the division from 15 teams to 30 teams within 4 years (2000 - 2004)

      • ACHA Hall of Fame – Builder Award: awarded for developing the ACHA Women’s Division; was the first woman inducted into the ACHA Hall of Fame (2014)

      • Zoë M. Harris Award Player of the Year Award: awarded annually in Zoë’s name to the top player in each ACHA women’s division (2000–present)

2002
 
  • First girls' hockey association in Washington State

    • Association: Western Washington Female Hockey Association (WWFHA)​

    • Founding Board members:

    • Original Team Names: The Wild (19U) and The Pheonix (14U)

    • Branding change: Team names all became Washington Wild

 
  • First NCAA player to win the Patty Kazmaier Award from Washington State

    • Player: Brooke Whitney

    • School: Northeastern University (1999 - 2002)

    • Accolades: Brooke had a point in at least 28 games during the season, and finished the season with 32 goals, and 56 points. While at Northeastern, she was also recognized academically when she was awarded the Jeanne L. Rowlands Top-Scholar Athlete Award.

  • First player on the US National Women's Hockey Team from WA State

    • Player: Brooke Whitney

    • Tournaments: Participated in the 2002 Four Nations Cup

    •  She was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team in 2004.

  • First player to play women's professional hockey

    • Player: Brooke Whitney

    • Team: Brampton Thunder (2002 - 2003 season)

    • League: National Women's Hockey League (NWHL)

 
2004
 
  • First NCAA player to win NCAA National Championship from Washington State

    • Player: Kelly Stephens Tysland

    • School: University of Minnesota

    • NCAA Titles: 2004 and 2005​

  • First women's US National player to win a Silver Medal at the IIHF Women's World Championship from Washington State

    • Player: Kelly Stephens Tysland

    • Worlds Location: Canda

      • Silver Medal

 
2005
  • First Women's US National player to win a Gold Medal at the IIHF Women's World Championship from Washington State

    • Player: Kelly Stephens Tysland

    • Worlds Location: Sweden

      • Gold Medal

 
2006
 
  • First player to be on the US Women's Hockey Olympic team from WA State

    • Player: Kelly Stephens Tysland

    • Winter Olympics Location: Turin, Italy

      • Bronze Medal

 

2010s

2016
 
  • Player that won a NCAA National Championship from Washington State

    • Player: Molly Doner

    • School: University of Wisconsin

  • Player that played women's professional hockey in the US

    • Player: Lexi Bender

    • Team: Boston Pride

    • League: National Women's Hockey League (NWHL)

2014

  • First person to receive the American College Hockey Association (ACHA) Hall of Fame from WA State

    • Person: Zoe Harris

    • Award: ACHA Hall of Fame – Builder Award: awarded for developing the ACHA Women’s Division and coaching the men's University of Washington men's ACHA D2 team

    • Zoe was the first woman inducted into the ACHA Hall of Fame

2018

  • First person to receive the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Joe Burke Award from WA State

    • Person: Zoe Harris

    • Award: awarded annually to the person who has given outstanding contribution, support, and dedication to women's ice hockey.

 

2020s

2020s
 
coming soon