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Joe O’Connor: As girls’ hockey booms, are our attitudes stuck in the past?Cassie Campbell used to cringe when she heard the word: “fun.” As in, girls’ minor hockey is all about going out and having some “fun.”Not going out and competing. Not scoring goals. Not battling for pucks. Not making the perfect pass. Not taking a slap shot. Not honing your skills. Not winning.But having fun.Fun was a part of it, of course, an important part, and the former captain of the Canadian women’s team and two-time Olympic gold medalist understands that. What she didn’t understand, and didn’t want to accept, was how expectations were different for boys and girls at the hockey arena. (Photo: CJ Gunter for National Post)

Joe O’Connor: As girls’ hockey booms, are our attitudes stuck in the past?
Cassie Campbell used to cringe when she heard the word: “fun.” As in, girls’ minor hockey is all about going out and having some “fun.”

Not going out and competing. Not scoring goals. Not battling for pucks. Not making the perfect pass. Not taking a slap shot. Not honing your skills. Not winning.

But having fun.

Fun was a part of it, of course, an important part, and the former captain of the Canadian women’s team and two-time Olympic gold medalist understands that. What she didn’t understand, and didn’t want to accept, was how expectations were different for boys and girls at the hockey arena. (Photo: CJ Gunter for National Post)

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