“My hockey story has a bit of a gap in it,” Christina Lamey admits.
After “begging and pleading” to join a minor hockey team in her hometown of
New Waterford, N.S., when she was 11 years old, Lamey’s time as the
association’s only girl was short-lived.
“They wouldn’t let me join again at Peewee,” she says.
“There was just no spot for a girl.”
It would be more than 10 years later—and a move halfway across the
country—before she would touch a hockey stick again.
“I was 25 years old, living in Toronto, and I saw a sign on a telephone
pole that said, ‘Women’s hockey players wanted.’”
After all that time away from the game she had loved as a child, she was a
little nervous when showed up at the rink.
“My first time with gear on in more than a decade, I felt like a deer on
ice,” Lamey laughs.
“But after one awkward skating session, I felt like, ‘I can get this, I can
The next time she stepped out on the fresh sheet, a certain familiarity
Lamey was hooked.
“The gear offers a lot of protection, so you skate differently when you’re
playing hockey than you would if you were just skating around on an ice
surface somewhere. You’re chasing the puck, you’re going for it, you’re not
really holding back much. That’s quite a feeling because, just in general
day-to-day life, you don’t do that.
“It’s a sensation I’ve only ever experienced on the ice playing hockey.”
With her passion for the game rekindled, Lamey brought that Ontario
telephone pole’s message of inclusion back to Nova Scotia with her when she
moved to Halifax two years later.
As a volunteer member of the Nova Scotia Senior Women’s Hockey League’s
executive, she helped the league expand its numbers of teams and increase
“All the growth in that league has been from the beginners coming into
hockey,” Lamey says. “Everything has to be about the beginner and knocking
down barriers so they can give [hockey] a try.”
Now she is applying those same lessons learned to girls’ hockey in Cape
Breton as president of the Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association.
After two decades as a volunteer in the sport in her home province, she is
as passionate as ever about making sure girls everywhere have an
opportunity to play.
“I had the sense when I was a kid that something wasn’t right, but I also
had that sense later on when I went to get my daughter involved in hockey
and I found it wasn’t significantly better than it was in 1985,” Lamey
“There still weren’t girls’ teams like I had seen in Ontario and there
still weren’t powerful, large women’s leagues like I’d seen in Ontario. I
felt like the interest was here, but something was structurally not right
In 2015, Hockey Nova Scotia began the process of modifying its governance
structure to allow for the establishment of new associations that would be
committed exclusively to growing and developing girls’ hockey.
In the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Lamey has been at the forefront
of those changes. Today, her Cape Breton Blizzard Female Hockey Association
is the fastest growing association in the province
“Christina has been a champion for women’s and girls’ hockey in this
province and a champion for inclusion in the sport,” says Amy Walsh,
executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia.
“She’s committed to the growth and sustainability of the female game here
in Nova Scotia and she truly is a tireless volunteer. We’re really lucky to
have people like Christina in this sport.”
While much has changed over the past seven years with the number of girls’
teams on the rise, Lamey says there is still work to be done.
“At the end of the day, a small girl looking to join hockey should have the
same opportunity and cost and experience that a young male child would
“What are the structural problems that would stand in the way of that?
Access to ice time is a big one.”
That’s why Lamey is now leading the charge to help refurbish the Canada
Games Complex in Sydney, N.S. She hopes the arena, recently announced as a
top-four finalist for Kraft Hockeyville’s grand prize of $250,000 for arena
renovations, could soon become a home for both her growing association and
women’s hockey in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
Thanks to the dedication and efforts of volunteers like Christina Lamey,
there are going to be fewer gaps in the hockey stories of young girls in