Despite the growth and interest in women’s hockey across Québec and Canada, the number of Québec athletes registered in the national program has decreased significantly over the past decade. In girl’s and women’s hockey, Québec has the lowest participation rate given the province’s population. In terms of annual memberships, Ontario leads by far with over 52,000 registered players for the 2018-2019 season, followed by Alberta (12,005) and British Columbia (9,874). Québec follows with 6,874 players.
Women’s hockey is one of the few sports in Québec that has not been served by a regional centre or equivalent infrastructure mandated to serve the long-term development needs of our elite athletes.
This project aims to provide robustness to the network by laying the foundation for a solid development plan for Québec’s elite female players. Centre 21.02 will become an important vector of influence for women’s hockey in Québec and Canada.