WinSport’s Executive Leadership Team were instrumental in supporting the formation of the Calgary Pioneers. Collectively they champion the principals of True Sport, which revolve around fairness, respect and inclusion.
The inclusion of the Calgary Pioneers into the WinSport Hockey Canada League (WHCL) and enforcing a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for discrimination based on sexual orientation have changed the way recreation hockey is played in Calgary.
Winsport has shown leadership both on and off the ice in creating an environment where all athletes feel respected and safe.
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The Calgary Pioneers teamed up with You Can Play to champion a mission: You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.
You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.
The Calgary Gay Hockey Association (CGHA) was formed with one goal in mind – to create a hockey team and social environment with a focus on LGBT equality in sport. Under this association, the Calgary Pioneers played our first season in the WHCL in 2015-2016.
We are “Pioneers” of LGBT hockey awareness in Alberta and our team consists of players of all skill levels. We feature year round official league play with the full support from the WHCL, as well as seasonal skill clinics.
We are currently planning to host and participate in North American tournaments for the 2017 season, including Western Cup.