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Handout 3.2


Students A: The Early Years

  1. Examine the early photos of women and hockey, and speculate what women's hockey may have been like in the early years.
  2. List some characteristics of women's hockey based on the article(s) you read.
  3. Could you detect any bias against women playing hockey? Explain with evidence.
  4. What might have been the attitudes of men to women's hockey in those early years? Evidence? Was there any evidence of men's support for the women? Discuss.
  5. How do the two Ottawa newspaper accounts of the game on February 28, 1908 differ?

Students B: Individual women who made a difference

  1. What feat did Albertine Lapensee accomplish in 1917?
  2. Describe Abby Hoffman's experience.
  3. What was the historical significance of the 'Blainey Ruling'?
  4. What arguments were offered against the ruling? What do you think?
  5. What did Manon Rheaume do that was historically significant?

Students C: The Modern Era

  1. Why was 1990 a 'benchmark' year for women's hockey?
  2. What evidence is there that indicated that women finally 'arrived' at the top level of hockey competition?
  3. Women's hockey was sometimes referred to as more in the spirit of the Olympics. Do you agree with this statement? Discuss.

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