By Cynthia Germain
Although not new to the game, the numbers of women participating in pond hockey tournaments have risen along with overall participation. This popular competitive sport’s local contest can be found on Kangaroo Lake on February 10th. The Door County Pond Hockey Tournament has grown over the years with this year’s entries topping out at 45 teams. There are three men’s open divisions as well as an over 40 and over 50 division with each team guaranteed to play three games. Although advertised as men’s divisions, all women teams have previously participated and some teams are co-ed. Jordan Burress of the Peninsula Pacers, the organizer of the event, says that they would like to grow the participation of women and offer a women’s division in the future.
Women have long broken through the barriers of what was predominantly men’s sports, ice hockey being no exception. Notable in the coming 2018 Winter Olympics, the U.S. Women Ice Hockey team will compete against teams from seven other countries, hoping to gain gold over the long-winning Canadian women.