Women's hockey has come a long way
The induction of Canadian hockey star Angela James and longtime U.S. stalwart Cammi Granato into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night was well-deserved and overdue, but also a measure of how far and fast the women's game has progressed.
It is just over 20 years since the first International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned women's world hockey championship was held in Ottawa, after all.
"I played for years where there was nothing to shoot for, it was very discouraging," Edmonton's Shirley Cameron said at the time. "At no point did I ever dream that there would be a world championship for women."
Let alone a place for women in the Hockey Hall of Fame. As the first inductees, James and Granato are rightly being honoured as pioneers.
But both Hall of Fame inductees owe much to players like Cameron, who helped found the Edmonton Chimos, Dawn McGuire and France St. Louis, all members of Canada's first world championship team, along with James.