Meet Jennifer Doyle!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
My name is Jennifer Doyle and I am 45 years old. I have always lived in the West Island of Montreal (DDO to Beaconsfield when I was 12), Quebec, Canada. I got my CPA, CA when I was 25 years old and am currently employed at ABB Inc. as the Corporate Controller.
I began playing ringette at the age of eight until I was about 23 years old when I started playing hockey in a new women’s league in Montreal. Hockey wasn’t an option for me to play when I was growing up. When I was 23 I was encouraged to join because my friends were transitioning over too.
I currently play in the Montreal Metro league in the C division for the TMR Falcons and annually join the local old-timers tournaments that have included one ladies division with four teams with players aged 35+. Over the years, we have attended the Full Stride hockey tournament that takes place in Burlington, Vermont in April annually with half the team from Burlington and half the team from Montreal and Ottawa – “Vermontreal”.
My greatest joy is to share the love of hockey with my daughters Samantha (15) and Anna (10). Samantha has played since she was eight years old and has always loved playing on girls teams. She has had some great experiences over the years, especially in 2017 when she made Caroline Ouellette’s “Etoiles” team that attended the Peewee International tournament in Quebec and won silver! That year her team, Lac St-Louis Warriors, went on to win the Dodge Cup (provincial end of season tournament) and she got the tournament MVP!
Anna has played since she was six years old and has gone back and forth between girls and boys teams. The most important thing for her is to have a girlfriend on the team. This last year she played on a boys team that won gold and silver in separate tournaments and the playoffs.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I want to help women’s hockey grow in my neighborhood. I can see it thriving in Ontario with many leagues starting from the youngest players. Currently in our area, we do not have girls leagues until the age of 11 and the younger age groups struggle to make girls teams because of the lack of numbers.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
Hoping to contribute to the growth of women’s hockey by spreading the word with your help and getting ideas of things that we can do locally to increase the number of girls playing the game.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
My thumbs are double jointed and I can make anyone cringe when I show it off!
My hobbies are playing soccer, golf, hockey and transporting my three children to their sports and activities (I also have a son who is 16 years old – he loves curling!).
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
So many great Canadian hockey players to choose from, hard to only pick one hockey player. Caroline Ouellette would be my choice, ultimately to thank her for everything she is doing to grow the game in Quebec for our girls through camps and her Etoiles team. Also to get a really good understanding of how she started in hockey so many years ago when it was difficult for girls to join boys teams.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
Never give up, things can change in an instant with hard work and dedication. Learn how to accept the feedback given to you constructively and not get defensive—use it to your advantage.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
My long term dream is to see a professional women’s hockey league in North America. My short term dream is to see a girls hockey league starting from the early ages in my neighborhood.
Want to spread your passion for the game as a #WHLAmbassador?