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Isobel Stanley (September 2, 1875 – December 30, 1963) was the daughter of former Governor General of Canada Lord Stanley of Preston. While living in Canada, Stanley helped to popularize ice hockey and is considered one of the first women to play the game.

Sir Stanley was the son of Frederick Stanley, and Lady Constance Villiers. He was one of seven children, five boys and two girls. Stanley later married General Hon. Sir John Francis Gathorne-Hardy, taking the name Isobel Gathorne-Hardy. Gathorne-Hardy had one child: daughter Elizabeth Constance Mary Gathorne-Hardy. Stanley became Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Ice hockey

Stanley shared her father's love of the game of ice hockey and was instrumental in convincing her father to create the Stanley Cup.[1] Stanley played hockey while she was in Canada, playing on the outdoor rink at Rideau Hall. After the opening of the Rideau Skating Rink, Stanley is mentioned in one of the first games of women's hockey played, played at Rideau Rink in 1899.

Isobel Gathorne Hardy Award

Lady Isobel Stanley Gathorne-Hardy's role as a pioneer of women’s ice hockey in Canada is acknowledged with the Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award. The award is given to an active player (at any level) whose values, leadership and personal traits are representative of all female athletes.[2]

Year Winner Hometown
2000 Linda Irving, Prince Edward Island[3]
2002 Andria Hunter[4] Peterborough, Ontario
2003 Tanya Leone[5]
2004 Jane Legacé[6]
2005 Cathy Phillips [7]
2006 Melanie McFarlane [8]
2007 Karen Mamchuk [9]
2009 Charla Currie [10]
2011 Nancy MacMillan[11]
2013 Caroline Ouellette Montreal, Quebec
2014 Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux Montreal, Quebec


  1. Biographies. Retrieved on 2009-09-29.
  2. Lord Stanley:The Man Behind the Cup, p.421, Kevin Shea and John Jason Wilson, Fenn Publishing, Bolton, ON, 2006, ISBN 978-1-55168-281-5
  4. 2002 Esso Canadian National Championship. Retrieved on 25 November 2010.
  5. Team Alberta captures seventh national title. Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 25 November 2010.
  7. 2004–05 OWHA Annual Report. Ontario Women’s Hockey Association. Retrieved on 9 April 2010.
  8. 2006 Esso Women’s National Championship Award Winners Announced. Hockey Canada (March 20, 2006). Retrieved on 9 April 2010.
  9. Award Winners announced at Esso Women's Nationals. Hockey Canada (March 8, 2007). Retrieved on 25 November 2010.
  10. In the Crease Hockey PEI. Hockey PEI (April 2009). Retrieved on 25 November 2010.
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