Amanda Kessel was wearing skates and shuffling around the ice by the time she turned three. With two hockey-playing older brothers – including two-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel – she didn’t really have much of a choice.
Later, when she began playing in youth leagues in her hometown of Madison, Wis., Kessel often found herself as the lone girl on boys’ teams. In those cases, she literally didn’t have a choice. “There weren’t opportunities to play on all-girls teams growing up at all,” Kessel said. “It was rare to even see another girl at the rink or on another team.”
Now, Kessel, 28, is the ambassador of a budding program that will create hockey opportunities she never had: girls-only programming, such as Try Hockey for Free clinics and an under-14 recreation league, in a youth ho...
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