The entire country watched in amazement as the Women's USA Hockey Team beat Team Canada to win Olympic gold for the first time in over 20 years. And on Thursday, April 12th the entire Duluth community had an opportunity to welcome home our two home-town Olympians, Maddie Rooney and Sydney Morin. Maddie will be a returning junior goalie to the UMD roster next year. Sydney was a graduating senior from UMD this year.
The Icebreakers enjoyed a free pizza and soda buffet before the main event and there were plenty of smiles and hugs from the teammates who may not have seen their friends since playoffs.
Girls gathered at Grandma's Sports Garden to hear Maddie and Sydney's stories of their Olympic experience and see the gold medals in person. It was heartwarming to hear Maddie and Sydney speak directly to the girls in the audience and for their gratitude to our players for being there to show their support.
Some players made signs, others brought pucks and jerseys for the Olympians to autograph. It was a wonderful time had by all and as one of the emcees stated, "A future Olympian may be sitting here in this audience at this very moment and your story is an inspiration to all young female athletes." Live your dream Icebreakers and DGHA will be here to support you every step of the way.
Proud and honored to have our association featured in the October issue of USA Hockey. Click the link below to see where we started, our "why", and where we are headed, all in an effort to bring the best possible opportunities and experiences for girls wishing to play hockey in and around the Duluth, Minnesota, area.
To provide an enjoyable and competitive all-girls youth hockey program that offers a high level of personal development, both on and off the ice, giving girls the skills, knowledge, self-confidence and appreciation of commitment to be successful in life's future endeavors.
The DGHA believes in developing hockey opportunities for all girls in our area. Our success is derived from the hard work and commitment given by its players, volunteers and coaches. While nurturing an atmosphere of fun and recreation, we also try to provide the opportunity for achievement and a higher level of play for those who desire it. By participating in hockey, we believe that girls have an opportunity to become better stewards of their peers and society, while learning valuable lessons that they can apply later in life.
Duluth Girls Hockey Assoc.
P.O. Box 16443
Duluth, MN 55816-0443
THE 1996 & 2007 MINNESOTA HOCKEY STATE CHAMPIONS
2006 Minnesota Hockey State Tournament Third Place
2006-2008, 2011 and 2012 State Tournament Participants