Fran Rider

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Fran Rider was one of the founders of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association. She began playing hockey in 1967[1] with the Brampton Canadettes, predecessor to the Brampton Thunder.

When the Ontario Women's Hockey Association was formed in 1975, Rider became the executive director. The Association was formed to generate interest in women's hockey. She helped to organize the unofficial Women's world hockey championship in 1987.[2] She also helped to organize the 1990 Women’s World Championships with no financial support from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.[3] When Angela James was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 8, 2010, James said that without Rider, she would never have made it to the Hockey Hall of Fame.[4]

Accolades[edit]

  • An award is named after her and is given to the silver medal-winning team at the Canadian Senior Women's National Championships. The award is known as the Fran Rider Cup.
  • Of note, Rider was the first female recipient of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association's Award of Merit.[5]
  • The Ontario Hockey Association's Minor Hockey Service Award was given to Fran, and she was the first woman to claim that honour.
  • OHA's Gold Stick Award (She was the first woman in forty five years to have the honor bestowed upon her.[6])
  • Ontario Ministry of Culture and Citizenship's Contribution to Sport Award
  • Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame (2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ CANOE - SLAM! Sports - Hockey - Women: Their own ice age
  2. ^ Welcome to Andrew Podnieks.com
  3. ^ Elizabeth Etue; Megan K. Williams (1996). On the Edge: Women Making Hockey History. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-929005-79-9. 
  4. ^ Goyette, Heaney and Campbell could earn Hall call - NHL.com - Hall of Fame
  5. ^ HHOF Site Map
  6. ^ Elizabeth Etue; Megan K. Williams (1996). On the Edge: Women Making Hockey History. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-929005-79-9.