Womens' minor hockey continues to grow in Newfoundland and Labrador, with about 2,000 players hitting the ice this year and no losses in registration throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tracey Hatcher, chair of womens' hockey with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador, said the numbers stack up against other jurisdictions and the growth of womens' hockey in this province has been steady for the last decade.
She's seen a push in the last couple of years, too, following the formation of a new HockeyNL council to develop the sport among girls and women in 2018.
"The female council met last weekend to talk about our female provincial tournaments, which we host every year in March, and this year we're looking at at least 80-plus teams," Hatcher said.
"Compare that to 2019 when we had when we had 71 team registered. We're seeing such a consistent growth constantly, year over year in this province."