In the hockey community, the women’s game has never been stronger.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Hockey Canada has collaborated with
some of the most successful women in the game to answer one question:
Why is it important to see women in influential positions in the game?
Alex Clarke (Drake, Sask.)
Clarke began officiating when she was 11 years old. and became the first
woman to officiate in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in September 2021.
She is also one of the first women to officiate in the American Hockey
League (AHL), and was chosen to represent Canada on the ice as an official
at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Angela James (Toronto, Ont.)
A Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, four-time world champion and a member of
the Order of Canada, James recorded 33 goals and 54 points in 50 games
played with Canada’s National Women’s Team from 1990-1999. Today, James is
the co-owner and general manager of the Toronto Six in the Premier Hockey
Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ont.)
A two-time Olympic gold medallist, three-time world champion and long-time
alternate captain, Jenner is a leader on and off the ice with Canada’s
National Women’s Team. She is closing in on 150 games wearing the Maple
Leaf, recording 106 points (41-65—106) to rank 13th in all-time Team Canada
Kori Cheverie (New Glasgow, N.S.)
Since joining the Team Canada program in 2018, Cheverie has become a
familiar face behind the bench, helping guide Canada to gold medals at the
2021 and 2022 Women’s Worlds, and the 2022 Olympics. She made history last
spring, becoming the first woman to serve as a coach with a men’s national
team at the 2022 IIHF U18 World Championship.
Manon Rhéaume (Lac Beauport, Que.)
Rhéaume became the first—and still only—woman to play in an NHL game with
the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. As a member of Canada’s National Women’s
Team, the netminder is a two-time world champion and a silver medallist at
the 1998 Olympics—the first year women’s hockey was included in the Games.
Marian Jacko (Wiikwemkoong First Nation, Ont.)
Elected to Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors in December 2022, Jacko is
the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Indigenous Justice Division
of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. Currently, she is the
President of the Little Native Hockey League ("Little NHL"), the President
of Anishnawbe Health of Toronto, and the head coach of the U18A team in
Stephanie White (Toronto, Ont.)
A former coach of women’s hockey who won gold with Canada’s National
Women’s Team in 2007 and silver in 2009 with Canada’s National Women’s
Under-18 Team, White is currently BC Hockey's chair of the board. She is currently the director of athletes at the University of Windsor
and previously served as the director of sport at Western University.