History of ringette

The following is a look back at some of the exciting things that have happened over the years in ringette:


The 1960’s
  • 1963:   Sam Jacks invents what we know today as “ringette.” Jacks, the late director of parks and recreation for North Bay, introduced the game to the Society of Directors of Municipal Recreation of Ontario.
  • 1963:   Red McCarthy, recreation director for Espanola, is asked to experiment with the basic set of Ringette rules by the Society of Directors of Municipal Recreation of Ontario (SDMRO).
  • 1963-64: Original rules are experimented with in several Northern Ontario communities, including Espanola, where an Espanola high school women’s hockey team plays the first ringette game.
  • 1964:   Original rules of ringette introduced to Quebec (Mount Royal) by Herb Linder, a personal friend of Sam Jacks.
  • 1964:   First complete set of rules for ringette is composed.
  • 1966:   First ringette community associations formed in Sudbury and North Bay.
  • 1967:   Ringette is introduced to Manitoba, in Fort Garry.
  • 1969:   Ontario Ringette Association, the first ringette provincial sport governing body, is formed.

The 1970’s
  • 1971:   First Invitational Ringette Tournament is held, initiated by Oshawa Ringette Association in Ontario.
  • 1972:   Manitoba Ringette Association is formed.
  • 1973:   Quebec Ringette Association is formed. (Later renamed Fédération sportive de ringuette du Québec and then Ringuette Québec.)
  • 1973:   Ringette makes its way over the Rocky Mountains and is introduced to Langley, British Columbia.
  • 1974:   Ringette is introduced in Alberta.
  • 1974:   Nova Scotia Ringette Association is formed.
  • 1974:   First invitational tournament is organized in Winnipeg; first invitational tournament for belles is organized in Kitchener.
  • 1974:   British Columbia becomes the fifth province to form a provincial ringette association.
  • 1974:   Representatives from Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia form a steering committee for Ringette Canada, the national sport governing body.
  • 1974:   Ringette Canada founded in November, with June Tiessen of Waterloo, Ontario, as its first president.
  • 1975:   Invitational tournament held in Pierrefonds, Quebec becomes the second interprovincial tournament in Canada.
  • 1975:   Ringette receives first major television exposure during a “Hockey Night in Canada” intermission feature film.
  • 1975:   First newsletter for ringette, ORA Newsletter, is published.
  • 1975:   First Ringette Week is organized and held in February.
  • 1975:   First regional and provincial championships are held in Ontario.
  • 1976:   First invitational high school ringette tournament held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
  • 1976:   Provincial ringette association formed in Alberta.
  • 1976:   Ringette played for the first time in the Ontario Winter Games.
  • 1976:   First Ringette Canada Annual General Meeting held in Halifax.
  • 1976:   Saskatchewan Ringette Association becomes the seventh provincial sport governing body.
  • 1977:   First Annual Provincial Summer Sports Camp for ringette players is held in Toronto.
  • 1977:   Ontario Ringette Association Hall of Fame is initiated.
  • 1978:   Fédération sportive de ringuette du Québec withdraws from Ringette Canada. (Returns in 1981.)
  • 1978:   Coaching and officiating certification programs established for the first time in Ontario.
  • 1978:   Ringette Canada National Coaching Committee develops the first Level 1 technical coaching manual for certification courses sanctioned by the National Coaching Certification Program.
  • 1978:   First Ringette Canada planning seminar held in Banff, Alberta, to determine the direction for the national organization.
  • 1979:   First-ever edition of Ringette Review is published.
  • 1979:   First Canadian ringette team travels overseas to Europe (Finland).
  • 1979:   First Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Ontario juniors from Oshawa, the Ontario belles from Ajax and the Ontario debs of Kitchener become the first Canadian ringette champions.
  • 1979:   National Level 1 coaching certification program takes effect.

The 1980’s
  • 1980:   Second Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Waterloo. The Ontario juniors of Sudbury, belles of Waterloo and debs of Etobicoke win Canadian championships.
  • 1981:   The third Canadian Ringette Championships are played in Sudbury. The Ontario juniors of Kitchener and belles of Gloucester, plus the debs of Fort Richmond-Winnipeg, Manitoba, win the Canadian titles. The Manitoba debs are the first non-Ontario team to win a Canadian Ringette Championship title.
  • 1981:   Quebec teams participate in the Canadian Ringette Championships for first time, represented by teams from the Lac-Saint-Louis Regional Ringette Association.
  • 1981:   New Brunswick becomes the eighth provincial ringette association.
  • 1982:   Newfoundland forms provincial ringette association.
  • 1982:   The fourth Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, with the Sudbury juniors, Gloucester belles and the Kildonan Transcona (Winnipeg) debs capturing Canadian crowns. Newfoundland participates for the first time with a belle team.
  • 1982:   First Ringette Canada Women’s Leadership Workshop is held in Ottawa.
  • 1982:   Ringette Canada achieves full residency status at National Sports and Recreation Centre in Ottawa.
  • 1982:   Ringette Canada hires first full-time employee.
  • 1982:   Ringette Canada officiating program is developed, complete with manuals and resources for the certification series.
  • 1983:   Ringette Canada gains control of the official ringette rules and ringette rulebook copyright with cooperation of the Ontario Ringette Association.
  • 1983:   The fifth Canadian Ringette Championships are staged in Sherwood Park, Alberta. The Waterloo juniors of Ontario and the Transcona Belles and Kildonan-Transcona debs of Manitoba win the Canadian Ringette Championships.
  • 1984:   Tom Mayenknecht, Ringette Canada director of public relations, wins first-ever national sports award for ringette. Ringette Review is awarded the Doug Gilbert Media Medallion at Canadian Sports Federation National Awards, selected as the best Canadian amateur sports magazine produced by a volunteer editor.
  • 1984:   Ringette Canada coaching program and officiating manuals achieve bilingual status.
  • 1984:   The sixth Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia.
  • 1985:   Ringette Canada representatives travel to the Soviet Union, Finland and Sweden to promote Ringette.
  • 1985: St. James Ringette Association of Winnipeg introduces ringette to the Soviet Union.
  • 1985: Barry Mattern introduces ringette to Japan.
  • 1985:   Ringette Canada breaks reaches 20,000 player mark with registrations.
  • 1985:   Prince Edward Island becomes the 10th provincial ringette member.
  • 1985:   Ringette Canada holds first marketing meeting.
  • 1986: Members approve change in rules to “extended zone” concept.
  • 1986:   Northwest Territories becomes the 11th provincial ringette member.
  • 1986:   Betty Shields becomes a finalist for the Air Canada Executive of the Year.
  • 1986:   International Ringette Federation is formed. Canada, Finland, France, Sweden and the United States are the founding countries.
  • 1986:   First International ringette tournament is held in Finland.
  • 1986:   Ringette is introduced to Australia and New Zealand by the Maples ringette tour.
  • 1987:   New format adopted for the Canadian Ringette Championships.
  • 1987:   Graeme Rodden wins Doug Gilbert Media Award from the Sports Federation of Canada.
  • 1988: Ringette Canada’s Hall of Fame established.

The 1990’s
  • 1990:   The first-ever World Ringette Championship is held in Gloucester. Team Alberta takes the gold and the all-new Sam Jacks Trophy.
  • 1990:   CTV televises the Canadian Ringette Championships from Calgary.
  • 1991:   Ringette is part of the 1991 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island.
  • 1991: TSN televises the Canadian Ringette Championships from Hull, Quebec. RDS, the French network, re-transmits the event.
  • 1991: Ringette Canada completes the level three technical component of the National Coaching Certification Program.
  • 1992:   The second World Ringette Championship is held in Helsinki. Russia, the United States, Sweden, France, Finland and two teams from Canada participate. Canada West wins the gold.
  • 1992: TSN televises the Canadian Ringette Championships from Port Coquitlam.
  • 1992: Experimental rules are introduced for the 1992-93 season and the 1993 Canadian ringette championships.
  • 1993: TSN televises the Canadian ringette championships from Kitchener.
  • 1994:   The third World Ringette Championship is held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Finland wins the gold medal.
  • 1995:   Ringette is part of the 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
  • 1995:   TSN broadcasts a one-hour special on the 1995 Canadian Ringette Championships in Winnipeg.
  • 1996:   The fourth World Ringette Championship is held in Stockholm, Sweden. Canada wins the gold medal.
  • 1997: RDS broadcasts highlights of the gold medal games from the Canadian Ringette Championships in Montréal.
  • 1997: Ringette Canada’s national marketing campaign is launched.
  • 1998: The first-ever truly national ringette team travels to Europe to participate in an International Summit Series against Finland. The Finnish national team wins the series three games to two.
  • 1998: TSN broadcasts a one-hour special on the Canadian Ringette Championships in Edmonton.
  • 1999: Ringette is part of the Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Ringette Canada announces the Women’s National Team program, player selection camps are held across the country.

The 2000’s

 

  • 2000: TSN broadcasts a one-hour special on the 2000 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships from Prince George, British Columbia.
  • 2000: The fifth World Ringette Championship is held in Helsinki, Finland. Finland wins the gold medal and Canada takes silver.
  • 2001: TSN broadcasts a one-hour special on the 2001 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships from Moncton, New Brunswick.
  • 2001: Ringette Canada begins transition to Competency Based Education Training (CBET) for coaches (August).
  • 2002: 30-second shot clock rules come into effect for the junior, belle and open divisions.
  • 2002: Participant Development Model (PDM) and Coach Development Model (CDM) produced and approved by Ringette Canada’s Board of Directors in January.
  • 2002: Community Sport – Initiation (CSI) workshop developed in May. CSI workshops are piloted in Calgary, Alberta in June and Halifax, Nova Scotia in July.
  • 2002: Ringette Canada presents their CSI workshop model at the Coaching Association of Canada’s Partner Days in September.
  • 2002: Agnes Jacks is inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada on October 26, 2002 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • 2002: First Leadership Retreat for High-Performance Women Coaches takes place in October.
  • 2002: Canada hosts the sixth World Ringette Championship in Edmonton, Alberta. Canada reclaims the world title after posting a 3-1 win over Finland. A sell-out crowd of 3850 attends the final game, which was also televised live on CBC Sports to 144,000 viewers.
  • 2003: Ringette is part of the Canada Winter Games in Bathurst/Campbellton, New Brunswick. Ontario wins gold, Manitoba takes home silver and British Columbia claims bronze.
  • 2003: The 2003 Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Waterloo, Ontario.
  • 2003: Facilitator training for CSI workshop takes place in Waterloo, Ontario in April.
  • 2003: The 40th anniversary of ringette is celebrated throughout Canada.
  • 2003: In September, the CSI workshop is launched across Canada and the first pilot of integrated CSI workshop for ringette and Special Olympics floor hockey coaches.
  • 2003: 2nd annual Leadership Retreat for High-Performance Women Coaches (October).
  • 2004: The 2004 Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Calgary, Alberta.
  • 2004: The National Ringette League is launched (November), which features Canada’s elite athletes participating on 17 teams in three divisions across the country (Western – eight teams, Ontario – four teams and Quebec – five teams).
  • 2004: Sweden hosts the seventh World Ringette Championship in Stockholm. Finland reclaims the world title after defeating Canada 9-3.
  • 2005:   The first edition of the Ringette eReview is posted on the Ringette Canada website. The online publication replaces the former Ringette Review (a print publication) and is published every two months during the ringette season.
  • 2005: The 2005 Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from April 11-16.
  • 2005: The National Ringette League enters its second season with 19 teams participating in four divisions across the country (Western – five teams, Central – five teams, Ontario – five teams and Quebec – four teams). The inaugural NRL championship game was held in Montreal, Quebec on April 1, 2006 and the Cambridge Turbos came away with the win.
  • 2006: The 2006 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Longueuil, Quebec from April 3-8.
  • 2006: The National Ringette League enters its third season with 16 teams participating in three divisions across the country (Western – seven teams, Ontario – five teams and Quebec – four teams). The NRL championship game is held Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 10, 2007, with Edmonton WAM! claiming the league title.
  • 2007: Ringette is part of the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, NWT. Ontario wins gold, Alberta takes home silver and Quebec claims bronze.
  • 2007: The 2007 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from April 9-14.
  • 2007: The National Ringette League enters its fourth season with 17 teams playing in two Conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with seven teams and an Eastern Conference with ten teams. An NRL Championship tournament replaced the Open division at the Canadian Ringette Championships and the Cambridge Turbos won the league title.
  • 2007: Canada hosts the eighth World Ringette Championship in Ottawa, Ontario. Finland holds onto the world title after defeating Canada 5-4 in overtime.
  • 2008: The 2008 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships are held in St. Albert, Alberta from March 31 – April 5.
  • 2008: The National Ringette League enters its fifth season with 18 teams playing in two Conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with six teams and an Eastern Conference with twelve teams. The NRL championship tournament is held in Charlottetown, PEI, with the Cambridge Turbos winning the league title.
  • 2008: The first ever World Club Ringette Championship is held in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario from November 5-8. Four teams from Canada’s National Ringette League participated, along with the top two club teams from Finland. The Cambridge Turbos captured the world club title after defeating the Finnish team, LuKi-82, Luvia.
  • 2009: Ringette is featured on the CBC TV show The Rick Mercer Report. Over 1.1 million viewers tuned in to watch Rick Mercer learn ringette with the Cambridge Turbos.
  • 2009: The 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships are held in Charlottetown, PEI from April 6-11.
  • 2009: Canada Post issued a set of four stamps celebrating Canada’s sporting inventions, including ringette, basketball, five-pin bowling and lacrosse.
  • 2009: The inaugural U19 World Ringette Championship takes place in Prague, Czech Republic in from August 4-8. The event included two teams from Canada (East and West) and two teams from Finland (White and Blue). Finland Blue captured the world junior ringette title after defeating Canada East in the final.
  • 2009: The National Ringette League enters its sixth season with 18 teams playing in two conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with six teams and an Eastern Conference with twelve teams.

 


The 2010’s

 

  • 2010: The 2010 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships, which include the National Ringette League championship tournament, are held in Saskatoon, SK from April 5-10.
  • 2010: The National Ringette League enters its seventh season with 17 teams playing in two conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with five teams and an Eastern Conference with twelve teams.
  • 2010: Finland hosts the ninth World Ringette Championship in Tampere. Finland holds onto the world title after defeating Canada two games straight in a best of three gold medal series.
  • 2011: Ringette is part of the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ontario wins gold, Alberta takes home silver and Quebec claims bronze.
  • 2011: The 2011 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships, which include the National Ringette League championship tournament, are held in Cambridge, ON from March 28 to April 2.
  • 2011: The National Ringette League enters its eighth season with 19 teams playing in two conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with six teams and an Eastern Conference with thirteen teams.
  • 2011: The second World Club Ringette Championship is held in Turku, Finland from December 28 to January 1, 2012. Two teams from Canada’s National Ringette League participated (Cambridge Turbos and Richmond Hill Lightning), along with the three club teams from Finland and one club team from Sweden. Lapinlahden Luistin -89 captured the world club title after defeating the Finnish team, Raision Nuorisokiekko ry.
  • 2012: The 2012 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships, which include the National Ringette League championship tournament, are held in Burnaby, BC from April 9-14.
  • 2012: The National Ringette League enters its ninth season with 16 teams playing in two conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with four teams and an Eastern Conference with twelve teams.
  • 2012: The second U19 World Ringette Championship is held in London, ON from December 29, 2012 to January 3, 2013. The event included two teams from Canada (East and West), one team from Finland and three mosaic teams (Russia, USA and France), which were composed of primarily Canadian players. Canada East claimed the U19 world ringette title after defeating Finland in the final.
  • 2013: The 2013 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships, which include the National Ringette League championship tournament, are held in Fredericton, NB from April 1-6.
  • 2013: The National Ringette League enters its tenth season with 13 teams playing in two conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with two teams and an Eastern Conference with eleven teams.
  • 2013: The 50th anniversary of ringette is celebrated across the country. Activities include Ringette Day in Wonderland, ringette featured prominently at Canada Day in Ottawa, a Legends ringette game featuring three-time Olympic medalist Catriona LeMay Doan, a 30-day, 15-city cross-country roadshow sponsored by Volkswagen, an all-star skills contest, an all-star weekend, Ringette Night with the Ottawa Senators, and many more local and provincial activities.
  • 2013: Canada hosts the 2013 World Ringette Championship in North Bay, ON from December 29, 2013 to January 4, 2014. For the first time, the event saw world champion titles awarded for the U19 and senior age divisions with Finland winning both titles.
  • 2014: The 2014 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships, which include the National Ringette League championship tournament, are held in Regina, SK from April 7-12.
  • 2014: The National Ringette League enters its eleventh season with 14 teams playing in two conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with three teams and an Eastern Conference with eleven teams.
  • 2015: Ringette is part of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia from February 14-20.
  • 2015: The 2015 Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette Championships, which include the National Ringette League championship tournament, are held in Wood Buffalo, AB from March 29 to April 4.
  • 2015: The National Ringette League enters its twelfth season with 15 teams playing in two conferences across Canada – a Western Conference with four teams and an Eastern Conference with eleven teams.
  • 2016: The 2016 World Ringette Championship are held in Helsinki, Finland from December 28, 2015 to January 4, 2016.

 

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