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Girls’ interest in ice hockey grows in Stamford area

February 25, 2018 GMT

The exploding popularity of female ice hockey in the United States in the past decade has especially benefited girls, according to Shannon Doyle, a professional women’s hockey player for Stamford-based Connecticut Whale. Doyle is also the U14 head coach for the Greenwich Skating Club, where third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls tried ice hockey for the first time Saturday. “It’s a sport that can instill a strong sense of self confidence in young girls that are often bombarded by continuous social pressures,” Doyle said. “When a girl steps on the ice, it can be nerve-racking at first, but because hockey is such a team-based sport, such a creative sport and such an engaging sport, young girls almost immediately forget about their comfort zones.”