Girls across Canada and the world are hitting the ice for World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend. 

Now in its third season, the International Ice Hockey Federation developed the weekend to help grow the women's game at all levels, and in all participating countries.

It's an opportunity for females to try out hockey as a new sport — or to celebrate their game. 

The national celebrations began on Newfoundland's east coast in Mount Pearl on Saturday with an Atom girls hockey game, and ended later in the day in Vancouver, B.C.    

Bonnie Evans of Hockey NL

Bonnie Evans of Hockey NL says World Girls' Hockey Weekend allows females of all ages to discover the sport, grow their skills and enjoy the game. (CBC)

New players were introduced to basic skills, and were able to locate hockey teams within their own communities. 

Bonnie Evans is the female hockey chair of Hockey NL. 

"More and more people are realizing hockey isn't just for boys anymore," said Evans. 

"Our women's national team has done a lot to promote the female game. The success they've had at the Olympics certainly has made a difference in this country." 

This weekend also gave the girls a chance to meet new friends and add their names to a growing list of fans of the sport.