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Girls Have the Edge



Public is still welcome at the rink to spectate and enjoy the vibe.


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Come join the Bend Rapids for Girls Have The Edge, a super fun, all-girls event to learn about the joy and thrill of ice hockey! Visit with coaches and other female players. Try on the gear. Pair up with an adult female mentor. Hit the ice in a safe environment! 

When: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Where: The Pavilion, in Bend

Cost: FREE.

Experience Level: No experience required!


Canadian all-star female hockey player Rebecca Johnston to headline Event

She'll kick off the event with an inspiring speech about the joy of the sport and the opportunity for females to play for fun or at highly competitive levels such as she has at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, the Four Nations Cup, the Olympics and at Cornell University.

After her speech, Johnston along with Bend Rapids coaches and adult female players from the Deschutes Womens Hockey Club will assist girls to try on full sets of hockey gear and take to the rink. On the ice, girls will be paired with an adult mentor and will practice skating, shooting and defending. The event will close with a friendly scrimmage between teams made up of youth and adults.

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8:30 - 9:15  Check In and Gear Fitting

9:15 - 10:45  On Ice Practice with Bend Rapids Coaches

Intro to Hockey Fundamental Skills and fun games

  • Skating, stopping and edges
  • Shooting, passing, stick handling
  • Game skills

10:45 - 11:30 Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Rebecca Johnston

  •  Speaks about her experience with women’s hockey
  • Questions, pictures and autographs

11:30 - 12:30 Scrimmage with the Oregon State Girls Travel Team

What To Bring:

If your daughter has her own hockey equipment please plan to bring it. If not, no worries. We will have equipment at the event she can use.

Please have your daughter wear clothing that will be comfortable under hockey gear. Something that is not too bulky.

For example:

  • Yoga pants
  • Base layer top
  • Thin calf or knee high socks

Hat and a change of clothes for afterwards. She may be sweaty after the practice.

*Please keep weather in mind since this is an outdoor event.

Why should girls consider playing hockey?

  • Playing hockey is super fun! You get to skate fast, score goals and be part of a team.  

  • Everyone in the hockey community loves when new people learn to play, especially girls who help increase the diversity of the sport.

How does the program positively impact youth?

  • Studies have shown that girls who play hockey are stronger and more confident than their peers which lasts into adulthood.

  • The Rapids are committed to contributing to an inclusive community in Central Oregon and we believe deeply in the value of gender and racial diversity to the future of the greatest sport on earth, hockey.

  • Being part of a hockey team with the Bend Rapids or Bend Parks and Rec builds connections to the entire community. 

Is hockey an important cross-training sport?

  • Hockey is a valuable cross-training experience for girls who play any other sport, but specifically soccer or lacrosse because of the similar team structures, the passing/defensive/scoring skills needed, and the athletic endurance required.  

  • Girls who play hockey show up stronger on the field in their other sports. 

  • Playing on a co-ed hockey team builds confidence that shows up as leadership and experience on all-girls sports teams. 

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Bend Rapids Youth Hockey was founded to support growth and access to competitive ice hockey in Central Oregon. We provide youth with the opportunity to have fun, pursue their athletic potential, and develop life skills in a respectful, team environment.

We offer teams at the 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U levels for seasons that begin in October and run through March. Players travel to Portland, Sherwood, Eugene, Medford and Klamath Falls for games and tournaments with other youth hockey leagues in the state. Some regional events are also held out of state. Fees to participate vary at each level, and scholarships are available to ensure that every child in Central Oregon has access to playing the incredible sport of hockey. 

To learn more contact us at

We look forward to seeing you on the ice!