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Minnesota Women's Hockey Timeline
24 Dec 2017
According to University of Minnesota 'Gopher' Yearbooks, approximately 30 women tried out for the 1st ever Women's hockey team.
USA Hockey hosts its first National Championships for girls in New York at the Girls Junior (12U), Girls Open A (16+) and Girls Open B levels.
Wayzata Checkers are the first girls team from Minnesota to win a National title (Girls Midget)
Minnesota Hockey hosts its first Girls State Tournament (15U)
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) host the inaugural Women’s World Championships
Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) becomes the first state to sanction girls high school hockey
MSHSL hosts the first Girls State High School Hockey Tournament. There were 454 participants at 35 schools in the first official girls high school season
University of Minnesota is the first college in Minnesota to officially add Division I Women’s Ice Hockey
Winny Brodt (Roseville) wins the inaugural Ms. Hockey Award. To date, Roseville leads all high schools with four Ms. Hockey honorees (Brodt, Ronda Curtin, Renee Curtin and Bethany Brausen)
KMSP-TV conducts the first live broadcast of Girls State High School Hockey Tournament
U.S. wins the gold medal in the first Olympics in which girls hockey is included. Minnesota natives Jenny Schmidgall (later Jenny Potter) and Alana Blahoski were on the team
Inaugural Patty Kazmaier Award is given to Brandy Fisher (University of New Hampshire)
University of Minnesota Duluth wins the inaugural NCAA Division I Women's Hockey National Championship in Minneapolis, MN. and won by Minnesota Duluth
Ridder Arena was completed in Minneapolis and was considered the first venue nationwide built specifically for girls’ and women’s ice hockey. It was named after Bob Ridder, a founding member of Minnesota Hockey and a pioneer in women’s ice hockey
Krissy Wendell becomes the first Minnesota native to win Patty Kazmaier Award (pictured below/right)
(2006-2007) Minnesota surpasses 10,000 registered girls and women’s players
Cammi Granato is first woman inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
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