What The Women of Winter is All About
It all started at an outdoor rink in downtown Toronto…
The Women of Winter was founded in 2005 by Deirdre Norman to facilitate the grassroots growth of the women’s hockey game in Toronto, Canada. In fifteen years we have become a global community reaching across borders and continents to bridge cultures while playing the best game.
T.W.O.W. supports and promotes women hockey players of all ages and skill levels, from those playing shinny at local outdoor rinks, to our elite women hockey players.
T.W.O.W. activities include trips to international hockey tournaments, teaching hockey skills, supporting youth programs, advocating for equal ice time for women players (regardless of level), and the legendary annual outdoor women’s shinny tournament held in Toronto since 2006.
We pride ourselves in changing the world, one rink at a time!
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 T.W.O.W.’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.