Womens hockey in South Florida started almost 20 years ago in 1995. Most of the players back then were Canadian transplants who wanted to continue playing the sport they love. The leader of the few that did play was Karen Ota who was instrumental in bringing the women together to play as one team to play games against the few other womens teams in Florida.
Below are the critical milestones and accomplishments that have taken place throughout the years...
First ALL womens tournament team formed
Fort Lauderdale Freeze wins Sunshine State Games.
Original players are now members of the USA Hockey National 40+ Lucky Puck HockeyTeam
Ft. Lauderdale Freeze join the mens league at Incredible Ice (now Saveology) in Coral Springs, FL, becoming the FIRST all-womens's team in South Florida area to compete in a mens ice hockey league.
Florida Womens Hockey League (FWHL) is formed of the Ft. lauderdale Freeze and Lady Everblades from Ft. Meyers. The teams were sparked by the success of The Sunshine State Games that took place at TECO Arena (now Germaine) in Estero FL. The league began with 11 teams from Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Brandon, Daytona, Ft.Lauderdale, and Ft. Meyers.
First FWHL Games played
Ft. Lauderdale Freeze finish the inaugural FWHL season with 11-1-1 record and become B Division champions and qualify to represent in USA Hockey Southeast District Championships
Freeze team name changed to Florida Beaches. Become the first womens team from Florida to qualify for USA Hockey National Championships.
Hosts of the 1st Annual Golf Invitational - To date the Lucky Pucks have raised thousands of dollars for charities, to name just a few of several great causes: St. Judes Childrens Hospital, the Leukemia and American Cancer Societies, Rose Charity in which we helped build a school in South Africa
Florida Beaches C Team breaks out on their own to start a new team:
The Lucky Pucks Ice Hockey Club was formed!
The Lucky Pucks win their first FWHL Tournament
Lucky Pucks enter their first 40+ win USA Hockey National Championships - Silver
Lucky Pucks 40+ win USA Hockey National Championships - GOLD
Lucky Pucks 40+ win USA Hockey National Championships - 2nd Silver
Lucky Pucks also wins Florida State Championships in both Recreational and 'C' Divisions
Spring 2014, 2015, 2016
Lucky Pucks Florida State Championships!