The Canadian Ringette Championships showcase one of the faster sports on ice and are a great way to experience the country’s rich competitive culture. The sport is the perfect answer for hockey fans who would prefer something a little more energetic and less physical. The game highlights the impressive skating skills of the players.
What is Ringette?
Ringette was originally women’s answer to men’s ice hockey, but has grown into something much greater. The sport is similar to hockey in many ways, but focuses less on the physical contact between players and more on the team’s ability to work together. While both sports feature goals and sticks, ringette uses a straight stick and a rubber ring. Each team is composed of six players on the ice whose goal is to hit the ring into the opposing goal. Unlike hockey, each player on the team must come into contact with the ring before a goal can be shot. There is no intentional body contact allowed, meaning players must rely entirely on skill.
A Little History
The Canadian Ringette Championships have been held every year since 1979. The game itself has been showcased in the Canada Winter Games since 1991. The audience grows larger each year, with an estimated 30,000 players currently registered across 2,000 teams. It’s one of the largest women’s sports in the world, though there are roughly 700 men now playing the sport, too.
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