In 2011, a ragtag group of players arrived at Hayley Wickenheiser’s World Female Hockey Festival in Burnaby, B.C. The future Hall of Famer was at the height of her powers then, blazing a trail for women’s hockey in Canada, while these women were just trying to establish a trailhead in their home country.
“I find them very brave to do something where it’s not very popular and people criticize you for it,” Wickenheiser said. “It’s the same way I grew up in Canada. Even though it’s a hockey country, it was hard for me to play hockey as a girl in the small town that I came from. So, for them to do it in Mexico…”
Technically, the players weren’t even a team yet. But just eight years later, the Mexican women’s national team is defying all expectations, both at home and abroad, securing a serie...
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