Women’s Professional Hockey Celebrates Pride In the Twin Cities This Weekend

Photo by Kayla Franz/Minnesota Whitecaps
Photo by Kayla Franz/Minnesota Whitecaps

Women’s professional hockey has a home here in Minnesota. It is simply because of our state’s love for the sport and the number of athletes that play on every level.

The Minnesota Whitecaps is one of eight franchises playing in the Premier Hockey Federation, the highest level of women’s professional hockey in North America. The league is celebrating its third season of play with teams in the U.S.A. and Canada.  

This team also celebrates their fans, as well. On Sunday, February 26, the Whitecaps will host the Toronto Six at their annual Pride Night inside the Richfield Ice Arena. The puck drops at 12:00 PM.

At the game, the first 200 fans will receive custom Pride eye black stickers to wear with Pride during the game. The Minnesota Freedom Band will bring the energy musically before and throughout the game.

The Whitecaps will welcome the Twin Cities Queer Hockey Association and Team Trans Twin Cities on the ice during the game, as well have someone from the Minnesota Lynx drop the ceremonial first puck of the game. Members of the Minnesota Lynx Presidents Club and the Minnesota Vixen women’s football team will also be on hand at Richfield Ice Arena.

Photo by Kayla Franz. Minnesota Whitecaps

If you have never been to a women’s professional hockey game, the Whitecaps’ General Manager Chi-Yin Tse explains that “Women’s professional hockey is an elite, fast-paced, and exciting sport! The Whitecaps are part of the Premier Hockey Federation, an organization working to grow, improve, and offer more opportunities for women and girls in the sport.”

How important is it for the Whitecaps to reach out to their LGBTQ fans? Tse said that “It is incredibly important for the Minnesota Whitecaps to engage with their LGTBQ+ fans at all events within professional women’s hockey. We hope for fans to feel welcomed into our hockey family, and we love that it grows bigger every season! Every team in the Premier Hockey Federation hopes for all groups and populations to experience a welcoming and representative environment at our venues.”

Another reason to check out the Whitecaps is to honor the legacy of women’s hockey here in Minnesota. This state produced the first youth hockey program for female athletes. It has the largest number of high school women’s hockey programs in this country. In addition, the Whitecaps have two players on the roster of the U.S.A. Women’s National Ice Hockey team.

Photo by Kayla Franz/Minnesota Whitecaps

Further to the point, Tse invites us to “continue to share ways to watch, support, and get involved with the sport. Follow us and other teams on social media, volunteer at your local rink, and continue to spread the word about women’s and girl’s hockey! Tune into a game; you won’t be disappointed!”

Better still, pack the Richfield Ice Arena on February 26.

Minnesota Whitecaps Pride Night
Whitecaps vs. Toronto
Sunday, February 26 at 12:00 PM
Richfield Ice Arena, Richfield

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