What the Women of Winter Are All About
It all started at an outdoor rink in downtown Toronto…
The Women of Winter began in 2005 when one woman went out to play hockey for the first time ever—and didn’t find anything.
That woman was Deirdre Norman, and that was the day she decided women deserved their own ice time.
Ever since then the Women of Winter has become a grassroots hub of women’s hockey across the globe, operating out of Toronto, Canada. The organization teaches hockey skill development programs, organizes trips to international hockey tournaments, and holds the legendary women’s outdoor shinny—which has been running strong since 2006.
The Women of Winter also support local youth groups and prep elite hockey players for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL).
Meet Our Sponsors
Barry Walmsley, Travel and Play
Barry Walmsley (“The Barry” to those in the know) is the owner of Travel and Play, which has been organizing sports teams’ trips around the world for 30 years. We use Barry’s professional services often and can tell you that he’s the real deal. Barry is also an avid supporter of the Women of Winter, and we’re proud to work together..
Junction Craft Brewing, Toronto, Canada
Junction Craft Brewing was established in West Toronto’s historic railway neighbourhood, The Junction, in 2011 by Tom and Doug. Their mission is to create balanced, flavourful versions of diverse beer styles, while sharing a passion for their enjoyment with a wide range of beer drinkers. Needless to say, Tom plays hockey and really stepped up the game by sponsoring TWOW. Thanks
Balzac's Coffee Roasters, Toronto, Canada
Balzac’s cafés celebrates local culture wherever it opens a location, serving diverse communities for years. Balzac’s has become a central gathering place for locals to converse, and the Women of Winter have loved spending time here for as long as any of us can remember. We’re proud to have Balzac’s as a sponsor that celebrates the Women of Winter’s diversity.
Pro Stock Hockey
Pro Stock Hockey is on a mission to provide the best hockey equipment available at the lowest possible prices to players of all ages and skill levels. We can testify that their deals are legendary and their staff are as knowledgeable as they are friendly. We’ve gone to them for our equipment and have never been let down.
Want to help support TWOW’s mission – “Changing the World, One Rink at a Time”? Contact us for opportunities to sponsor tournaments, appear on our website, or be featured in our social feeds. We can customize packages for serious supporters of women’s hockey.