Hundreds of youth athletes hit the ice for Girls Hockey Outdoor Classic

Updated: December 14, 2019 05:51 PM

Nearly 800 girls youth hockey players hit the ice Saturday in Roseville for the annual Girls Hockey Outdoor Classic. The event brings in athletes from all across the state.

"Minnesota is very supportive of our women's sports, and I think that's why you see a lot of success," said Golden Gopher women's hockey alum Winny Brown.


The event is led by several women athletes, including Brown. She said the Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval made perfect sense as the venue.

"We were all former Roseville Raiders that started our careers at this rink. We were thinking how awesome would it be to have an opportunity for kids to have the same experience as we did," said Brown.

Since its first year in 2014, the outdoor classic has more than doubled in size with 72 teams competing. Brown says it's all about growing the game.

"Just to see the role models out on the ice, the little girls can be like, 'I want to be like that girl,' and it's achievable because they see it," Brown said.

Just ask 10-year-old Bella Sterns what she thinks about the event.

"We have always been playing with boys," she said. "Throughout our season, we are the only all-girls team in our league, so it's nice to play against girls again and see how it feels."

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