Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women's Hockey Team Hits the Ice to Mix Things Up

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women's Hockey Team Hits the Ice to Mix Things Up

Article excerpt

If watching the Stanley Cup playoffs or the Lizard Kings makes

you feel like throwing a cross-check, then you might want to

check out the action at Skate World on Philips Highway.

The venue formed a women's ice hockey team that saw its first

game action last weekend. The Jacksonville Breakers may have

dropped a pair of games to the Tampa Bay Blades, but they were

on the ice making an effort.

"Tampa was a team that was together for two years and more

developed," said coach Gilles Richard, who has played for both

of Jacksonville's minor-league hockey entries, the Bullets and

the Lizard Kings.

"But the girls played well and learned about their positions."

The team features 20 women ranging in age from 14 to the

mid-40s. Some are mothers who saw their kids on youth league

teams and decided to get in on the fun. The Breakers boast of a

mother-daughter combo. Stephanie Brown, at 14 the youngest on

the team, plays alongside her mother, Cindy.

There are experienced players. …

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