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  • 1889 -- Lord Frederick Stanley, Canada's Governor General and donor of the trophy later named the Stanley Cup, floods the lawn of the Government House to allow his family - including his daughter - to play ice hockey through the winter.
  • 1890 -- Isobel Stanley, Lord Stanley's daughter, is photographed playing hockey in the first recorded image on film of a woman involved in the sport.
  • 1891 -- The first newspaper account of a game of women's ice hockey appears in the Ottawa Citizen on February 11. Reports of the first game being held in Barrie, Ontario in 1892 are incorrect.
  • 1894 -- The first female club team (the Love-Me-Littles) is formed in Kingston, Ontario at Queen's University.
  • 1896 -- Women's teams are formed at McGill University and in the Ottawa Valley.
  • 1913 -- The first female competitions to be held in the Maritimes involve the Reds & Blues and the Kananites from Nova Scotia.
  • 1914 -- Picton wins the first Women's Provincial Championship held in Ontario.
  • 1916 -- The first international women's ice hockey tournament is held in Cleveland, Ohio between American and Canadian teams.
  • 1921 -- The University of Toronto defeats McGill University in the first intercollegiate women's hockey tournament (U of T won 11 titles through 1933, while Queen's University won two.)
  • 1927 -- Queen's University goaltender Elizabeth Graham donned a wire fencing mask to protect herself against shots to the face and became the first goalie to wear a mask (32 years before Jacques Plante set the standard for all future goalies.)
  • 1934 -- Canadian Intercollegiate League is disbanded during the Depression.
  • 1967 -- The first Dominion Ladies Hockey Tournament is held in Brampton, Ontario with 22 teams.
  • 1980 -- The Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (later named USA Hockey) hosts the first National Championship for girl's PeeWee and Midget divisions. Taylor, Michigan wins the first PeeWee National Championship and Wayzata, Minnesota captures the Midget crown.
  • 1981 -- Senior Women are added to the USA Hockey National Championship with Assabet Valley, Massachusetts winning in the Senior "A" division and Cape Cod, Massachusetts capturing the Senior "B" title.
  • 1982 -- The Canadian Women's National Championship is reintroduced. The Hamilton Golden Hawks defeat the Edmonton Chimos for the title.
  • 1987 -- The first World Invitational Tournament is held in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • 1990 -- The first International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) sanctioned Women's World Championship is held in Ottawa. Canada beats the USA 5-2 in the Gold medal final.
  • 1991 -- Goalie Jenny Hanley of Hamline University in Minnesota becomes the first women to play on a men's college hockey team. Women's ice hockey makes its first appearance at the Canada Winter Games. Alberta won the Gold.
  • 1992 -- Manon Rheaume becomes the first woman to play in the NHL during a pre-season match between her Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues. The IIHF and IOC vote to include women's ice hockey as a full-medal sport at the Winter Olympic Games at Nagano, Japan in 1998.
  • 1993 -- Women's ice hockey is featured for the first time at the U.S. Olympic festival, held in San Antonio, Texas. USA defeats Canada in the 2-game series for the Gold medal. The first junior girls (U18) Canadian National Championship is held in Montreal, Quebec. Team Ontario wins the Gold.
  • 1994 -- Minnesota becomes the first state in the U.S. to sanction women's ice hockey as a high school varsity sport. Erin Whitten, goaltender from Glens Falls, New York, becomes the first USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year.
  • 1995 -- The first IIHF Pacific Rim Women's Hockey Championship is held in San Jose, California. The USA, Canada, China and Japan compete. Canada wins the Gold medal by defeating the USA in a shootout.
  • 1996 -- The first 3-Nations Cup in Ottawa featuring the USA, Canada and Finland. Canada beats the USA 1-0 in the Gold medal final. Erin Whitten becomes the first woman to play in a professional game in a position other than goaltender. Whitten played as a forward for a total of 18 seconds as a member of the Colonial Hockey League's Flint Generals in a game against the Madison Monsters.
  • 1998 -- Women's ice hockey makes its first appearance at a Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan as a full medal sport. The USA, Canada, Finland, China, Sweden and Japan compete and Team USA wins the first Gold medal.
  • 2003 -- Women's World Championship in Beijing cancelled due to concern over Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Asia.