Sturgeon Hockey Club (SHC) announces the development of a Female Hockey Program in Sturgeon County.
“Our association currently has many females from Sturgeon County playing for teams in SHC and St. Albert,” says John Schneider, SHC President. “We have created the program as a way to increase visibility of our female players, encourage former SHC players to return to our association and recruit new players to the game.”
SHC Board of Executives have appointed Janice Kluss as the Female Hockey Operations Director. As Director, Kluss will lead the Female Hockey Operations Committee and oversee the program which will be comprised of female hockey teams made up of girls from Sturgeon and surrounding areas.
Kluss joined SHC in 2017 and has served on its Board as the Equipment Director for the past two seasons. “We want to see more girls getting involved in the sport,” says Kluss. “It’s important to get them to start playing and developing together at a younger age as it allows them more opportunities to play at higher levels and to continue playing in the future.” Kluss and has been involved in hockey since she started playing at the age of 13 years old on the first female bantam team in Cape Breton. She played for Team Nova Scotia in the 1995 Canada Winter Games and went on to play for four more years at Middlebury College in Vermont where she still holds scoring records.
In an effort to promote in the newly developed program, SHC will be participating in Hockey Canada’s World Girls Hockey Weekend on October 4th-6th, 2019, an event to celebrate and grow the female game. The SHC Female Hockey Committee will be hosting an event on October 4, 2019 for female hockey players from the Sturgeon area. More details on the event will be provided in the coming weeks on the SHC website.