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Team Category: Ice Hockey
The Connecticut Polar Bears are proud to be the first all girls ice hockey program in Connecticut. The Connecticut Polar Bears are one of the premier girls hockey programs in the country. The Polar Bears have won 11 National Championships in and had 9 players compete in the Olympic Games.
The Polar Bears organization was started in 1985 by a small group of people who shared a common philosophy of excellence in education and athletics for women. In the early 1980’s, only a few Connecticut girls played hockey in Connecticut, and those who did played on boys’ teams. In other states such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Michigan and Minnesota, many girls played in organized girls’ leagues; those girls were identified and actively recruited by college coaches. As a result of the Connecticut girls being “hidden” on boys’ teams, they were not identified and lost out on significant educational opportunities. The Polar Bears were started to allow Connecticut girls to compete nationally so that they could gain recognition and take advantage of the same educational opportunities as girls in other parts of the country.
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