1. About Us

About Us

Women’s Hockey Life (WHL) focuses on highlighting, promoting and supporting women’s hockey around the world at every level.

From youth and university hockey, to the pros and the beer league heroes—we cover it all.

We provide a one-stop resource for hockey players, parents, coaches, fans, and others involved in women’s hockey. We pride ourselves on delivering content with information, entertainment, advice, motivation and more from hundreds of contributors—if you have something to say about women’s hockey, we want to share it!

Our team is dedicated to enriching the lives of those in the women’s hockey community by providing resources to live your hockey dreams to the fullest.

The Team

Jaclyn Hawkins

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President & Founder

Superwoman status is an understatement for our fearless leader as she navigates building a women’s hockey empire while raising toddler twins in Ottawa, Ontario.

Hawk is the reason we’re all here in our own little corner of the Internet. The idea for Women’s Hockey Life began over a slice of pizza in Switzerland—it’s where she decided how she’d stay involved in women’s hockey after retiring from a successful playing career with the University of Connecticut Huskies in the NCAA D1, Boston Blades of the CWHL, ZSC Lions in Switzerland, and even a stint with Hockey Canada, as well as an accomplished coaching career.

Fast forward 10+ years and Hawk has created and runs the leading women’s hockey website and community, along with multiple branches under WHL, to help give other women the opportunities she had (without the mistakes she made).

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Vice President

Our own beer league hero stops pucks by night and helps keep the business running by day in Edmonton, Alberta.

Kyla started with Women’s Hockey Life in 2015 as a social media intern. She then completed her degree in professional communications from MacEwan University and returned to us in 2017 to help with everything from social media and website management to growing WHL and its branches.

Kyla grew up playing hockey in small town rinks throughout Alberta and realized through multiple hardships that her hockey destiny was far greater than what happened on the ice. Now, her mission is to give the women of the hockey world a voice by sharing their incredible stories.

Cassandra Opela

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From hockey players to horror movies, our videographer does it all. Once a creator of plays on the ice with the University of Connecticut Huskies and Boston Blades, Cassy now focuses her energy on creating incredible videos and graphic designs.

Cassy joined Women’s Hockey Life in 2018 to help with the creation of video content, including sharing the stories of the incredible people that make up the women’s hockey world. She started making short videos in high school for fun and furthered her passion by graduating from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Communication in 2016.

Cassy began hockey at the age of three and moved up through the ranks to the NCAA D1 and the CWHL. She now volunteer coaches the Rochester Edge and has found a way to integrate her passion for hockey, technology, and creativity with Women’s Hockey Life.


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Graphic Designer

WHL is lookin’ sharp thanks to our graphic designer, Maddy. From social media and website content to more intricate marketing materials, Mads is our go-to designer.

Growing up in Newmarket, ON, Maddy played for the Aurora Panthers. While playing junior hockey in the PWHL, she was offered an opportunity to play ACHA D1 hockey at Lindenwood University-Belleville. Maddy majored in Mass Communications and jumped on board with WHL in 2018 to continue her passion for the game off the ice.

When she’s not playing hockey or designing for WHL, you can find her hiking, playing other sports, travelling or kicking back with friends and family.

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