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The Vancouver Griffins were a team from the National Women's Hockey League. The team was established in January 2000 by local businessman Phillip DeGrandpre. The Griffins were voted in by the NWHL in May 2000. The Griffins would become the first expansion team for the NWHL outside their traditional Ontario and Quebec base. [1] The club played in New Westminster's Queens Park Arena.


In 2000-01, the Vancouver Griffins played an exhibition schedule of local, CIAU and NWHL teams. The first head coach of the Griffins was Sylvain Leone. The club’s first roster was selected at a training camp in August 2000 in Abbotsford, B.C. In the 2000-01 season, the only players that were not from British Columbia were goalie Krista Cloutier of Pickardville, Alta., and Norwegian national team forward Julia Berg.

First full seasonEdit

For the 2001-02 season, the team was owned by B.C. Sports Hall of Fame inductee Diane Nelson. The head coach was Nancy Wilson. Wilson was a certified level IV master coach and former assistant with the national women's under-22 squad. In 2002, the Griffins played their first full season in the National Women's Hockey League. Their first season was also the first year that the NWHL has had a western division. Olympians Nancy Drolet of Canada, Cammi Granato (signed in May 2002 [2]) and Shelley Looney of the US joined the team. The Griffins' roster also included Burnaby's own 18-year-old Natashia Pellatt, a graduate of Moscrop secondary. Other younger players included 15-year-old Courtney Unrah. One of the highlights of the season was a victory over Hayley Wickenheiser and her Edmonton Chimos club by a 7-1 score. Drolet had a hat trick and Granato scored the other four goals against Edmonton.[3]

Year by yearEdit

Year No. GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
2000-016 18 14 4 0 - 91 43 28
2001-021 31 27 4 0 - 84 14 54[4]
2002-032 24 10 13 0 1 82 92 21[5]

Inaugural RosterEdit

Position Name City
G Cloutier, Krista Pickardville, AB
G Cotton, Chantal Vancouver, BC
G Price, Jennifer Victoria, BC
D Kawamoto, Kobi Surrey, BC
D Leslie, Erin Vancouver, BC
D Maskall, Patti Richmond, BC
D Pickford, Tamara Chilliwack, BC
D Sinowm, Kira
D Stevenson, Renae Abbotsford, BC
F Beaudoin, Debbie Surrey, BC
F Berg, Julia Randaberg, Norway
F Christensen, Natalie Abbotsford, BC
F Gray, Alana Coquitlam, BC
F Grundy, Danielle Kelowna, BC
F Hall, Caroline Victoria, BC
F Olson, Glenda Abbotsford, BC
F Pitre, Sherri North Vancouver, BC
F Schmidt, Sherri Lillooet, BC
F Sneyd, Sonya Whistler, BC
F Stephens, Kelli
F Topolnisky, Elaine Logan Lake, BC
F Wong, Samantha Vancouver, BC


  3. Dan Hilborn (November 21, 2002). Olympic stars play for the NWHL Griffins. Burnaby Now. Retrieved on 25 June 2010.
  4. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.548, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  5. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.549, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
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