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.

Provincial Associations