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Women to battle for hockey supremacy

The Story

Women's hockey finally has a world championship of its own. In 1990, Ottawa plays host to eight nations in the first women's tournament sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Dressed in the pink and white of the Canadian team uniform, Susie Yuen and Sue Scherer are two skaters who hope this is the start of a long history for international women's hockey. In this interview from CBC-TV's Midday, they say the next step in advancing their sport is a spot at the Olympic Games.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: March 16, 1990
Guest(s): Sue Scherer, Susie Yuen
Host: Ralph Benmergui
Interviewer: Denise Rudnicki
Duration: 5:47

Did You know?

• In this interview, team captain Sue Scherer says body contact was permitted in the tournament. But an item in the Globe and Mail on March 24, 1990 noted that the IIHF "has instructed referees to keep body contact to a minimum." Players in the tournament ranged from 14 to 37 years old and weighed between 40 and 80 kilograms (90 to 180 pounds). Checks on open ice were generally permitted but hard checks against the boards often drew penalties.

• Canada won the gold medal in the tournament, beating the United States before a cheering crowd of almost 9,000 supporters in Ottawa.

• Between 1990 and 2004, Canada beat the United States for the gold each time the championship took place - eight times in total. The United States broke the streak in 2005 in a shootout.

• The Women's World Hockey Championship was held irregularly at first, taking place in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1997. Since 1999 it has happened annually except in Winter Olympics years and in 2003, when it was cancelled due to an outbreak of SARS in the host country of China.

• The Globe and Mail estimated in 1990 that there were about 50,000 women in Canada playing hockey.



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