Winnipeg Free Press - - I HOCKEY SPORTS -

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.

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