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The University of Alberta Pandas women’s ice hockey team represent the University of Alberta. Since joining the CIS in 1997, their only head coach has been Howie Draper. On January 25, 2011, it was announced that the 1999-2000 University of Alberta Pandas hockey team would be inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.[1]

Early yearsEdit

In the era of the First World War, the University of Alberta formed men’s ice hockey and women’s ice hockey teams. The women’s team played many community based teams. The University of Alberta played the Edmonton Monarchs in the Monarchs first ever game in 1918. [2] The city of Edmonton would organize women’s ice hockey into three divisions in 1930: junior, intermediate and senior. The Edmonton Monarchs and the University of Alberta were the only teams that comprised the senior division. [3] In that same year, the University of Alberta would challenge the Edmonton Monarchs for the Alpine Cup. The Monarchs prevailed by a 1-0 score. By 1934, the University of Alberta was demoted to the intermediate division. In 1937, the University of Alberta competed for the Alpine Cup, contested at the Banff Winter Carnival. The club lost to the Calgary Avenue Grills team. [4]


On November 7, 2009, the Pandas defeated the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds by a score of 3-2. With the victory, the Pandas became the first women’s hockey team in Canada West to hit double digits in the win column this season. The 2008-09 Canada West Rookie of the Year, and first star of the game, Stephanie Ramsay, scored the first goal of the game. She received the feed from sophomore forward Sarah Hilworth (the game’s third star) at the 7:16 mark of the first. Having five assists through her first six games, Tamara Pickford scored 30 seconds into the second period. [5]

On March 14, 2010, the Pandas won the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's ice hockey championship. In the championship, they defeated the McGill Martlets by a score of 2-0[6]

AlbertaPandas 2007champs

The Pandas celebrate as they are 2007 CIS champions

Year by yearEdit

CIS Tournament champions Conference Champions Second place finish
Season Coach Conf. Record Overall Standings Postseason
1997-98Howie Draper None 3-1-0 Does not apply Fifth, CIS tournament
1998-99Howie Draper 4-1-1 20-8-3 First Second, CIS tournament
1999-00Howie Draper 15-1-1 26-3-1 First CIS tournament champions
2000-01Howie Draper 13-1-2 20-6-2 Second Did not qualify
2001-02Howie Draper 16-0-033-1-0 First CIS tournament champions
2002-03Howie Draper 19-0-134-0-1 First CIS tournament champions
2003-04Howie Draper 20-0-035-0-0 First CIS tournament champions
2004-05Howie Draper 20-0-028-1-0 First Second, CIS tournament
2005-06Howie Draper 16-1-327-3-3 First CIS tournament champions
2006-07Howie Draper 21-3-033-4-1 First CIS tournament champions
2007-08Howie Draper 21-2-129-5-1 FirstFourth, CIS tournament
2008-09Howie Draper 22-2-0 26-5-0 Second Did not qualify
2009-10Howie Draper 23-1-033-1-0 First CIS tournament champions


Season Coach
1997-98Trish Semeniuk
1998-99Marlow Kulak
1999-00Sue Huculak
2000-01Krysty Lorenz
2001-02Krysty Lorenz
2002-03Judy Diduck
2003-04Judy Diduck
2004-05Danielle Bourgeois
2005-06Kristen Haag
2006-07Kaye London
2007-08Jennifer Newton
2008-09Jennifer Newton
2009-10Tarin Podloski


Player Event Result
Judy Diduck [7] Ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Andrea Boras, Gold medallist with Team Canada at the 2011 Winter Universiade
  • Danielle Bourgeois, 2004 Brodrick Trophy (CIS Most Valuable Player)[8]
  • Howie Draper, 2004 CIS Coach of the Year
  • Nicole Pratt, 2010 All-CIS Second Team selection
  • Tarin Podloski, 2010 All-CIS Second Team selection[9]

Team PhotosEdit


  2. Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women's Hockey in Western Canada, Wayne Norton, p.136, Ronsdale Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-55380-073-6
  3. Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women's Hockey in Western Canada, Wayne Norton, p.140, Ronsdale Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-55380-073-6
  4. Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women's Hockey in Western Canada, Wayne Norton, p.140, Ronsdale Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-55380-073-6
  5. Pandas get a perfect 10. University of Alberta Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Retrieved on 20 April 2010.
  6. FINAL: CIS championship: Pandas put an end to Martlets 86-game winning streak with a 2-0 win. Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Retrieved on 20 April 2010.
  7. Judy Diduck Player Profile. Retrieved on 21 April 2010.

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