Women's Hockey Life (often abbreviated as WHL) is a Ottawa-based website owned by Jaclyn Hawkins, a former competitor for the Connecticut Huskies women's ice hockey program. [1] The website focuses on women’s ice hockey, with an emphasis on blogs, videos and news. [2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Founding[edit | edit source]

Women's Hockey Life was founded in 2010 by Hawkins[3] in Ottawa, Ontario, but was incorporated one year later in 2011. The company has remained under her ownership since.

The idea for WHL came during Hawkins' season playing for the ZSC Lions in Switzerland. Along with teammate Amanda Shaw, the two encountered an entrepreneur named Graeme Roustan.[4] A discussion with Roustan was the motivation to start the site.

Content[edit | edit source]

WHL features a section known as Hockey Opportunities, allowing for players an opportunity to find teams to play for.

A section called Locker Talk allows for equipment reviews, plus the posting of videos. The Coaches Corner section covers all facets of coaching, including strategy, nutrition, plus strength and conditioning.

Blogs[edit | edit source]

WHL holds a commitment to an open publishing model, allowing players, coaches, referees and fans (both male and female) the opportunity to create content for the site in terms of blogs. Subject matter ranges from collegiate play, international hockey, plus the burgeoning professional game.

Other[edit | edit source]

WHL announced a partnership in May 2017 with the Grindstone Hockey Foundation,[5] founded by former Dartmouth Big Green women's ice hockey competitor Danielle Grundy. [6]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jaclyn Hawkins Career Stats. www.uscho.com (2017-08-31). Retrieved on 2017-09-20.
  2. Staffieri, Mark (2013-01-17). Manotick's Jaclyn Hawkins a Great Builder for Women's Hockey. Bleacher Report. Retrieved on 2017-09-20.
  3. Founder - Jaclyn Hawkins. www.womenshockeylife.com. Retrieved on 2017-09-20.
  4. Staffieri, Mark (2013-01-17). Manotick's Jaclyn Hawkins a Great Builder for Women's Hockey. Bleacher Report. Retrieved on 2017-09-20.
  5. Grindstone Award Foundation and WHL Partnering to Give Back. www.womenshockeylife.com. Retrieved on 2017-09-20.
  6. Kelowna female hockey star creates charity to help girls play the sport. www.cbc.ca. Retrieved on 2017-09-20.
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