Often lost in the hype and hoopla surrounding our country’s fevered adoration of hockey is the fact that it’s a passion shared equally by and routinely played by both men and women.

And for those that think the concept of Women’s Hockey is a newer development to the game, let’s take you back to 1933 when four female friends set out to prove just that very point; that hockey isn’t just a sport for men.

It’s the true story of the Preston Rivulettes that overcame the odds of Great Depression era, prejudice, and personal upheaval as they carved their niche’ in history and their claim to fame.

This fascinating story is the subject of the production ‘GLORY’ by Tracey Power and onstage until April 13 at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre.

“It’s a story of friendship, determination and passion, full of comedy, drama and athletic swing dance hockey”, says Power.  

“It takes place in 1930’s Canada and is not just a story of a team but also a country and the challenges present at that time. When I was researching hockey from the 1930’s the Preston Rivulettes were the team to beat. The team’s captain, Hilda Ranscombe was an incredible player and it was the opinion of many that she should have been playing in the NHL”.

It serves as life lesson and clearly illustrates the gender imbalance and inequity in the sport and just how far it’s come.

“At first there was an incredible amount of criticism,” she says of general attitude of hockey fans.

“Many thought women shouldn’t play hockey; the sport was too aggressive; there was racism; anti-Semitism and sexism, but there was also incredible support, excitement, strength, and camaraderie.

No easy task to be sure as it took determination and an unflinching resolve to turn the tide.  

Featuring electrifying dance choreography and original scores inspired by swing music from the 1930s, GLORY captures the thrills, excitement and sheer tension of a great hockey game.

“What these women had to fight for their right to play was incredible.

The criticism from both men and women was very high but they fought as a team both on and off the ice and at their peak were getting as many fans to their games as to the men’s games.

It shows the passion and determination to go after what you want in life, and the joy of being a part of an incredible team experience – and in the end that wins.”