UNB WOMEN’S TEAM BACK ON ICE TODAY
FREDERICTON — The University of New Brunswick women’s varsity hockey team is set to play its first game today, after a former player successfully fought to have it resurrected in the name of gender equality.
“It’s a pretty significant sense of closure,” said Sylvia Dooley, who alleged a 2008 decision to downgrade the women’s varsity team to a sports club amounted to discrimination on the basis of sex.
“This story will now shift to be more about this new team and what they’re going to do going forward. I’m really happy to see that finally actually happening.”
In 2016, the province’s Labour and Employment Board agreed with Dooley and ordered the school to reverse its decision.
Dooley, who played defence at UNB and is now based in Ottawa, said she will be in the stands when the Varsity Reds hit the ice for the first regular-season game in a decade.