I grew up 3 miles outside a tiny village In South Eastern Ontario.  There was not much going on most weeks. All the kids would jump on our bikes and ride into town or to visit our friends by the lake.  We tried to hang out with our family as little as our curfew would allow.  That is until winter hit.  Once the mercury dropped, there were two places you would find everyone in town, at the little rink behind the community hall after school, and come the weekend, at the big rink a few towns over watching the local hockey game.  My mom would bundle my sister and I up, and we'd pile in the car for an after dinner skate followed by hot chocolate in the hut to unthaw.  

This year, I knew it was time I got my city boy kitted out properly in new hockey gear. We can get out on the ice together and share those quintessential Canadian moments when your cheeks hurt with cold, but your coat's off on the bench, roasting hot from chasing the puck around like Bambi, without a care in the world.

It's an exciting time for female athletes in Canada.  I've seen a marked increase in both professional female hockey players but also in my friend's daughters participation.  That kind of change and normalizing doesn't just happen.  It's because of terrific role models like Hayley Wickenheiser, and her work building events like the upcoming The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival #CTWickFest.  

This annual hockey festival now in it's 6th year, draws teams from across Canada for seminars, workshops and a friendly tournament, this year with 2,000 female players from 8-18 years old. 

Hayley is a member of the Canada women’s national ice hockey team and has represented Canada at the Winter Olympics five times, capturing four gold and one silver medal. She has the most gold medals of any Canadian Olympian and is widely considered the greatest female ice hockey player in the world. Check out her full bio here

Canadian Tire is presenting sponsor for the third year at the upcoming Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival and will be hosting a twitter party to help launch the event.

Twitter Party Details:   http://twubs.com/weallplay        
Date: November 25th, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m. E
Hashtag: #WeAllPlay
Host: @CanadianTire
Guests: Hayley Wickenheiser @Wick_22 and Meaghan Mikkelson @Mikkelson12
Prizing: 10 x $100 @CanadianTire Gift Cards

Anyone can participate but only Canadians can win prizes, excluding those in the province of Quebec.