ABOUT THE FWHL
The Florida Women’s Hockey League (FWHL) was founded in 2002. We are a non-profit organization for adult women who love ice hockey and whose mission is to promote the sport in the state of Florida. The FWHL currently has eleven teams, with Florida teams coming from the northern part of the state such as Pensacola and Jacksonville to as far south as Miami.
We also welcome any teams from the rest of the U.S. and Canada who may want to mix ice hockey with some fun in the sun.
The FWHL has both a C division and Recreational division. Also, for those teams vying for USA Hockey Nationals, our tournaments are USA Hockey sanctioned.
Our season opener is September 21-23, 2018, in Daytona Beach, FL and ends at the Germain arena in Estero, FL February 22-24, 2019.
If you’re interested in participating in one of our upcoming tournaments, please contact us for more information. We also welcome any sponsorship opportunities you may have. If you just want to come out and cheer on your local team, you are more than welcome!
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Our Pirate Ship
Article by: Hannah Wallace
“I'd like them to understand what it feels like to attain the child's dream of running one's own pirate crew—what it feels like, looks like and smells like in the clatter and hiss of a big city restaurant kitchen. And I'd like to convey, as best I can, the strange delights of the language, patois and death's-head sense of humor found on the front lines. I'd like civilians who read this to get a sense, at least, that this life, in spite of everything, can be fun.” Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential
Sport, as anything special, is a sense of belonging. Even beyond one’s own team, playing a sport is itself a shared language and a sense of intimate, mutual, head-banging, shit-talking, back-slapping joy.
Even beer league hockey is its own shorthand of shelled-out money for poor ice and small glories. But for an hour or two at a time, for those of us who play (because, let’s face it, no one else is watching), beer league hockey is all of the things—a game big enough to “matter” in the moment but small enough for a locker room full of immediate family, regardless of blood ties.
This is especially so for women athletes, who bridle against societal traditions regarding physicality, aggression and camaraderie.
Hockey is all about the time spent together at sea. This is our pirate ship.