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July 17, 2019 — Meanwhile, above the 49th Parallel

There was a point in the 1990s when the Canadian women’s field hockey program was regarded at least as an equal to the American side. American colleges were looking north for talent and that one gem of a player who could make a difference in the NCAA Tournament. Canada had medaled in two consecutive FIH World Cups, in 1983 and 1986, and is the only nation to have kept Argentina and the U.S. from finishing 1 and 2 in the Pan American Games, having taken silver in 1991 in Cuba.

But the Canadian women have not done so well in continental and world tournaments in recent years. Canada has not made a World Cup or an Olympics since 1996.

It’s not for lack of trying, but more and more young girls from Canada have been playing other sports where Canada are among the world leaders. This especially goes for ice hockey, where the country has been the gold standard since winning the first IIHF Women’s World Championship in 1990.

While the ice hockey and women’s soccer teams have been having great success, the field hockey team has turned to a modern method of staying afloat financially: crowd-sourcing. Here’s the story.