On Saturday, September 21, the North Shore Avalanche Girls Hockey Association will celebrate it’s 15th Year Anniversary. All current and former Avalanche players, coaches, volunteers and parents are invited to celebrate the anniversary at the Lynn Valley Rec Centre from 3:00 to 7:00.
The association has come along way from the early days, when it launched with just two teams, an Atom and a Peewee Team.
Rosters for those years included about ten girls on each team. Some of them played four years of Atom hockey before finally being old enough to move on to the next level.
Today, the association is host to over 200 female players, and has graduated many to top levels across Canada and the USA.
Alissa Baumgartner (below) was one of the first to move on, earning a scholarship with Harvard University Crimson and finishing her senior year as Captain of the team in 2011.
More recently Hannah Miller (centre, below), now playing at the Okanagan Hockey Academy, has cracked the lineup of Team Canada’s U18 team, along with two other BC born players – an unheard of accomplishment when the association started out, and all the top players were from Ontario and Quebec. Hannah helped Canada defeat the US 4-1 in August 2013.
Many others have graduated to college, while others like the majority of their male counterparts, have moved on in their lives to other endeavors yet continue to play for fun and fitness.
Meanwhile the association continues to grow, providing young girls on the North Shore with an opportunity to meet new friends, travel and enjoy Canada’s favorite game.
All associated with the team over the years, past and present, are invited to come out and help celebrate the milestone anniversary. A new Legacy Fund will be announced at the event, which will also feature inspirational speakers, a vintage jersey and silent auction, photo gallery of past years, and appetizers.