Dr. Carly Adams
The Preston Rivulettes played around 100 games from 1931 to 1940. They only lost 2 of them! They were the most successful women’s hockey team in history!The Preston, Ontario team was led by their captain Hilda Ranscombe. She was described as the Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey by the Cambridge Times newspaper.
Contrary to popular opinion, Ranscombe and the Rivulettes were never inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, they were only recognized in the Hall’s museum.
According to the Cambridge Sport Hall of Fame they only lost once and after the game the referee came into the dressing room and said, "Sorry girls,I couldn’t let you win." The referee was Clarence Campbell, future NHL President. Read more
For more information read Dr. Carly Adams’ book, Queens of the Ice: They were fast, they were fierce, they were teenage girls. It was written in 2011 and published by James Lorimer and Company Ltd., in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Carly Adams is a sports historian from the University of Lethbridge.