Great Falls Women’s Hockey League
Identification: Great Falls Women’s Hockey League (GFWHL) is a recreational hockey club, designed to develop new women and men hockey players, improve skills of experienced players, and provide fun, fitness, and camaraderie, for all levels of play. GFWHL welcomes under age 18 skaters on an individual application basis.
GFWHL was formally organized in 2004, and has over 20 women skaters, ages 18 and up. GFWHL is the most organized adult league on the ice in Great Falls. GFWHL is very excited to have embraced numerous generations of family members to get together on the ice each year. We embrace the idea of those that skate together – stay together.
GRIT-Sunday League Skate at 7 p.m.: GFWHL plays weekly league games throughout the season at the Great Falls Ice Plex. The first 4 to 6 weeks are dedicated to skill development. GFWHL contracts experienced instructors who provide on ice instruction. These sessions are focused on hockey orientation, skating skills, puck control, player safety and developing good hockey habits. GFWHL welcomes onto the ice each year a diverse group of ability, young, old, experienced to brand new skaters.
TEASER-Thursday Night Teaser at 8:15 p.m.: GFWHL doubled its annual ice in 2010 by welcoming novice men onto the ice to play with the women on Sunday and Thursday nights. This has been a phenomenal opportunity to double our ice time, welcome families onto the ice to play together, and enjoy weekly post-game/off-ice camaraderie at the Ice Plex.
Since the founder of GFWHL was the president of the Great Falls Community Ice Foundation from 2004 to 2010 and instrumental in funding and construction of the Ice Plex, GFWHL has prioritized hosting and promoting additional events to support the ongoing stabilization of Iceplex operations. These events are monsters and are annually sold out, from local and international participants. GFWHL hosts the largest annual adult tournaments in Great Falls and are an annual commitment for all who participate. It is recommended to check this website in November of each year for registration information:
National Laundry Co-Ed Soaker: A Bi-Annual co-ed hockey festival in December and March of 40 to 60 hockey players of all levels. Teams are dedicated and play 3 to 6 hours of competitive hockey. This is an amazing opportunity for newer players to participate in a low-key tournament without the pressure to perform. GFWHL appreciates the support of annual sponsors and provides food and beverages for all participants. This is a super fun event!
Great Falls Brewser – Annual Women’s Tournament: This tournament is hosted by the Great Falls Thunder, selected members of GFWHL. No men are allowed to play on team Thunder during this tournament. This tournament sells out annually to 14 teams from Montana, Canada, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. This tournament is an annual favorite by all who participate due to the consistent attention to detail, fair game play and the memories created at the exclusive social event holder, the Beacon Ice House.
Hockey and Hops – Annual Men’s Tournament: This tournament is hosted by the founder of GFWHL, Hatchet, with the assistance of the 4-Horseman and the Hackin Hares male team members. No women are allowed to play on team Hackin Hares during this tournament. This tournament is huge and again an annual favorite from Montana, Canada, Washington, Wyoming and Idaho. Hatchet caps this tournament to 14 teams to ensure all teams have awesome game times and opportunity to participate in the social at the exclusive social event holder, the Beacon Ice House.
Stone Curling Bonspiel: GFWHL hosts the annual bonspiel in March and welcomes non-skaters to participate in this event. GFWHL is so excited to host this annual event as it provides the community members an opportunity to experience the ice without skates, support the ongoing operations of the Iceplex, support GFWHL, with minimal effort and unforeseeable memories.
Ice Bocce: GFWHL hosted this annual event for several years as an opportunity for friends to socialize on the ice for a few hours and throw bocce balls on a prescribed course. GFWHL is considering bringing this annual event back. Stay tuned for the date, this event is always sold out months in advance.
FUNDRAISING & SPONSORSHIPS
GFWHL depends on sponsorship and fundraising to supplement player registration fees to cover the cost of ice, which is $235 per hour; tournament fees and coaching expenses. All sponsors of $100 or more, receive recognition throughout the season at the Ice Plex on the women’s hockey event board and on event banners. Sponsors of $500 or more are included on the event board, banners and all event steins. GFWHL also supports the Great Falls Community Ice Foundation and improvements at the ice complex. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsoring an event or player